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Hotel expansion project one step closer to reality

Updated: Wednesday, January 8 2014, 11:03 AM EST

By; Crissy Clutter


A controversial hotel expansion hotel project will soon get underway in Wheeling.

City council approved to abandon Corliss Terrace Road at an afternoon meeting Tuesday.

The Hampton Inn on National Road is looking to expand its parking lot, make a recreation area and go from five storiesto seven.

The project is estimated to cost more than $5 millionand construction bids should begin in the spring.

Neighbors from Corliss Terrace showed up to the meeting and say they're disappointed in council's decision.

Doug Huff has lived in the area for almost two decades.

"It's going to be not only an inconvenience, but there are safety concerns and property devaluation concerns," said Huff.

"That road was built specifically for the access to the hillside and the property owners and now it's being removed," said Huff. "We're sort of under the control of the Hampton Inn now to get to our property."

Rick Foose of Kayafas Architects, which is designing the expansion project, says they have been honest with the public.
Foose said the Hampton Inn is working to stay competitive.

"The only way to keep up with the other hotels in the area is to increase the size of their hotel," said Foose.

Wheeling City Mayor Andy McKenzie says the lane didn't meet city code and the Hampton Inn is planning on making a major upgrade to the road.

"It's going to be a wider road with sidewalks," said McKenzie. There will be a better flow in and I look at it as an enhancement to the neighborhood."

McKenzie said officials are working to encourage economic development in Wheeling.

"The Hampton Inn is investing millions into the expansion of their hotel so as a city we felt it was important to enhance the quality of access," said McKenzie. "Also, we appreciate the economic development to grow and expand an existing business."

After bids, the hotel's owner estimates construction time to take between 12 and 18 months.


Hotel expansion project one step closer to reality

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