Six-story hotel is proposed for Beloit

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BELOIT — The City Plan Commission and City Council will be considering an application for a six-story hotel proposal for a Holiday Inn Express on 3022 Ford St. over the next two weeks.

The application, filed by Richard Steldt on behalf of KDN Hospitality LLC, was for a conditional use permit to allow the building of a six-story hotel in a C-3, community commercial district. The property is currently a former lumber yard — the former Wickes property — on the southwest corner of the I-43 and I-39/90 interchange. While the hotel is permitted to be built within a C-3 district, the maximum height in such a district is only four stories unless exceeded through review and approval of a conditional use permit.

Two public hearings will be held regarding the conditional use permit:

First, the City Plan Commission will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at Beloit City Hall, 100 State St. The City Council will address the matter at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, also at Beloit City Hall.

According to Drew Pennington, director of Planning and Building Services for the City of Beloit, the application was filed on Nov. 11 as part of a plan that has been in the works for years.

"(KDN Hospitality LLC) has owned the site for several years. They have been waiting for interstate plans to be finalized," Pennington said. "The DOT will be acquiring land for the expansion of the highway, so they were waiting to see how those plans evolved before finalizing their plans."

Pennington also said the site is 11 acres, and the design takes into account the impending shrinking of that property when the DOT expands the interchange.

"As far as planning and building is concerned, it is a perfect location for a taller building. It is not going to disrupt any adjacent properties, and their theory is to maintain visibility by having a building that rises above the on and off ramps," Pennington said.

Daniel Weitzel of KDN Hospitality LLC confirmed the process has been several years in the making as they waited for impending interchange expansion.

The company also owns a Holiday Inn and several commercial office buildings in Janesville, and four Baymont Inns elsewhere.

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