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NORMAL — A new hotel in north Normal may be derailed by a disagreement about incentives for the developer.

Superhost Enterprise, a Naperville hotel company, has filed plans with the town for a 102-bed Home2 Suites at Constitution Trail Centre but may not proceed without incentives, said Vice President Samir Lakhany — and Mayor Chris Koos told The Pantagraph he doesn't expect any to come.

"I know they've been looking for a couple of years to build a hotel out there, and we've been pretty uniform in our response to them that we're not interested in offering incentives," said Koos. "At this point I don't think there's any interest in any kind of incentives for a hotel."

Normal Planning Commission members are expected to discuss the proposal 5 p.m. April 4 in the council chambers at Uptown Station.

Lakhany said Home2 Suites could open in 18 months — on a 2.72-acre site on Bradford Lane, according to town documents.

He didn't comment on what it may cost but said the hotel could employ 35 to 40 workers, some part-time and some full-time.

"It's filling a need that's not there today with the traveler that's looking to set roots within the market, looking to stay for more than one or two nights," said Lakhany. "We've got about 18 hotels around the Midwest and Illinois."

Other extended-stay hotels in the Twin Cities include an Extended Stay America at 1805 S. Veterans Parkway in Bloomington and Eastland Suites Hotel and Conference Center at 1801 Eastland Drive in Bloomington.

Other SuperHost hotels in Illinois include Home2 Suites locations in Tinley Park and Schaumburg, both Chicago suburbs.

Incentives have become a central topic in this spring's Normal City Council election campaign. Hopefuls have criticized the town for promising incentives to out-of-town developers, including in uptown, where they've helped finance two hotels and a mixed-use building — with another building in the works.

The town provided free land for all four projects.

The Marriott cost $51.5 million; the Hyatt Place, $25 million; and the Radisson remodel, $18 million.

Home2 Suites would continue a wave of development at Constitution Trail Centre, including an OSF HealthCare building, Sky Zone trampoline park and The Park at Constitution Trail Centre apartments, expected to open in 2019.

Contact Derek Beigh at (309) 820-3234. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_beigh


Normal and McLean County Reporter

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