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Hotel brand plans location near Dutch theme park
An extended-stay hotel chain plans to build a location next to a Dutch theme park in the region, pending finalization of its land purchase.
Staybridge Suites, which has a location in Kentwood, has signed a purchase agreement with J&L Land Company, owned by Sue Nelis Bladek, to buy property in Holland Township, at 12178 and 12124 James St., next to Nelis' Dutch Village, at 12350 James St.
The hotel chain plans to build a 102-room, four-story hotel at the site, including a basketball court, pool and parking lot, according to plans filed with the township.
Bladek indicated the land, previously the site of residential buildings, has been for sale for 25 years or more.
A special land-use permit for the hotel was approved at the Holland Township Planning Commission meeting on Feb. 7.
“They may move forward with final plans and site plan review and move toward building permits, if the sale is finalized,” said Corey Broersma, assistant planner, Holland Township.
There is no timetable yet for construction.
Staybridge also requests permission for a second-phase, 102-room unnamed “future hotel” development, according to the application for a special use permit.
Broersma said the second hotel special use permit was not approved due to lack of detailed plans for the project.
“If they choose to move forward with it, they would need to amend the special use permit and re-submit it,” Broersma said.