100-room Microtel hotel approved

A 100-room hotel in Red Deer County’s Gasoline Alley lined up planning approval on Tuesday. 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 100-room hotel in Red Deer County’s Gasoline Alley lined up planning approval on Tuesday.

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.

It 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.

Some work still needs to be done on the site plan.

The initial proposal included a direct access to Leva Avenue, which the county does not favour because it could lead to congestion on that road as the area develops.

Access to the side road is preferred.

A motion to remove the Leva Avenue access was passed unanimously.

Hotel builders plan to meet with county staff to review alternatives.

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