The developer of Storrs Center near the University of Connecticut main campus has given an early look at how a hotel in the development could appear:
The project’s master developer, LeylandAlliance, based in Tuxedo Park, N.Y., is seeking a zone change that would allow for a hotel in the development. A public hearing began Sept. 3 and will resume this Monday.
LeylandAlliance declined to release hotel renderings until after the zone change had been voted on, but the renderings had been submitted to the town of Mansfield, which provided them to Property Line.
The renderings of the $10 million Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott are considered “conceptual” and could change significantly should construction begin. If approved, building could begin in the spring and be ready for occupancy in a year.
Read my latest update on Storrs Center here.
There has been opposition from hotel operators in the area, who argue that the market is too small to accommodate another hotel. One, the Nathan Hale Inn, is so close you would be able to see the new hotel from it.
LeylandAlliance said the growth of the university justifies another hotel as it builds on its research capabilities.