Hotel access plan approved

A compromise on road access issues has been worked out between Red Deer County and the developer of a hotel planned for Gasoline Alley. Last month, the county’s municipal planning commission approved a 3.8-metre height relaxation to allow construction of a four-storey hotel that will be operated as Microtel Inn and Suites.

A compromise on road access issues has been worked out between Red Deer County and the developer of a hotel planned for Gasoline Alley.

Last month, the county’s municipal planning commission approved a 3.8-metre height relaxation to allow construction of a four-storey hotel that will be operated as Microtel Inn and Suites.

But the commission had concerns that a proposed entrance and exit off Leva Avenue would create traffic problems.

After working with planners, a right-in, right-out access was proposed in the site plan instead. The commission unanimously approved the change on Tuesday.

The 100-room hotel will located on Leva Avenue just south of Hampton Inn and Suites, and will include a pool, waterslide, fitness area and two meeting rooms.

The project is expected to be worth more than $10 million.

Microtel is part of the Wyndham Hotel Group and is known as an upper-end economy brand.

Two as-yet-unnamed restaurants are also proposed nearby in a second construction phase. A nationally branded restaurant chain and a national breakfast restaurant are being courted for the spaces.

Construction will be underway soon and the hotel is expected to open by May 2014.

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