Council mulls proposal for a new hotel

By Cassie Eddington

Oxford City Council is considering a proposal to allow a Holiday Inn Express and Suites to be constructed at 5470 College Corner Pike.

High Point Lodging, of Mishawaka, Indiana, submitted plans to develop the hotel on 3.5 acres of land directly north of AP Church, across the street from the Wild Berry Incense Factory, near the Walmart Supercenter. The company operates Holiday Inn and Comfort Inn hotels in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

If approved, the hotel will have 83 guest rooms, including double queen and single king arrangements and extended stay suites. Plans budget for an indoor pool, breakfast area, fitness center, a small shop, and two business meeting rooms. A parking lot with two access drives will surround the building.

At the June 7 Council meeting, Etta Reed, an engineer with Bayer Becker representing the developers, said in a presentation that the new hotel will create 31 new jobs, including six full-time and 25 part-time positions. She said they project 25,000 annual stays in the hotel.

“Hopefully it will continue to grow the community as a destination and place to visit,” Community Development Directory Sam Perry said. “So maybe someone will want to make their home here or start a business here.”

Vice Mayor Chantel Raghu and Councilor David Prytherch encouraged the developers to consider adding electric car charging stations to the site plans.

Oxford currently offers several other lodging options, including Hampton Inn, Elms Hotel, Marcum Hotel, Best Western, Comfort Inn, Baymont by Wyndham, Butler Inn and Budget Inn.

Council will vote on a second reading of the proposal when it next meets at 7:30 p.m. June 21.