A Comfort Inn is slated to come to Lawrence.
Local architect Paul Werner has filed a site plan for a 67-room hotel to be built at 151 McDonald Drive, which is vacant ground adjacent to the Hallmark Cards production plant. The property is owned by members of the Fritzel family, which has ownership stakes in the Eldridge Hotel and The Oread, but Werner said the hotel is not being developed by the Fritzels.
Instead, it is being sold to a Comfort Inn franchisee.
The site plan does include space for two other limited industrial buildings, which could be built in the future. Werner said no tenants have been identified for those buildings. They would allow a mix of light industrial type of uses, but the property is not zoned to allow for traditional retail development.
In other development news:
• A $1 million expansion of the Northwind Apartments, 200 N. Michigan St., is in the works. A site plan to add 16 one-bedroom apartments to the complex has been filed at City Hall.
• Developers are seeking to rezone property along Clinton Parkway to expand an existing apartment complex. The owners of Remington Square Apartments, 4100 W. 24th Place, have filed plans to rezone 15 acres of property to allow for a greater density of apartments.
The filing doesn’t state how many additional units the complex wants to build. The expansion would be just east of the existing complex. The rezoning will require both Planning Commission and City Commission approval.
The project is tentatively scheduled to go before the Planning Commission in October.
• Nearby, at 2451 Crossgate, a preliminary development plan has been filed to build 46-one bedroom apartments on about 4.6 acres of property. The property is just north of the Wyndam Place retirement center, but does not go all the way to the corner of Clinton Parkway and Crossgate.
The preliminary development plan will need both Planning Commission and City Commission approval. It is scheduled to go before planning commissioners in November.