April 18, 2014

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New Holiday Inn approved by Sheffield Council

SHEFFIELD — Village Council on Monday approved plans to bring a 106-room Holiday Inn to the state Route 254 exit off Interstate 90.

In a 4-2 vote, Council agreed to allow the hotel to be built on a three-acre plot of land near Giant Eagle.

Construction will begin in spring 2008 with the hotel opening a year later, according to George Papandreas, president of Westlake-based Profile Development Group, the developers of the hotel. The company will also act as the franchisee for the hotel.

The facility will face I-90, near the concentration of restaurants and storefronts at the Sheffield Crossing shopping center. It will have four floors, a swimming pool, restaurant, banquet and fitness rooms and all the typical amenities of a new Holiday Inn, he said.

Voting against the hotel were Councilmen Kevin Watkinson and Leo Sheets. Watkinson said he didn’t have enough information about whether a ditch near I-90 that accumulates water when it rains and tends to flood the area would be affected by a new development in the area.

“It’s not that we’re against the hotel,” Watkinson said. “When they put the hotel up, I can’t believe there won’t be any difference about the water that’s parallel to Interstate 90.”

Mayor Darlene Ondercin said village Engineer Chris Howard told the Council that the ditch won’t succumb to an increased volume of water because of the new building. She said she’s happy the plans have passed.

“I’m very excited,” she said. “Besides the added income through a 3.5 percent bed tax, the people who stay there will come to local restaurants and they’ll be staying to reinvest into the village.”

Although Papandreas did not know how many employees would be hired or how much they would make, he said the hotel would likely require at least 10 employees at any given time to operate.

Ondercin has said she was under the impression that the new hotel would be replacing the one in Elyria near the Midway Mall. Representatives from Elyria Holiday Inn’s parent company, Mardeck Ltd. Inc. of Maryland, remained tight-lipped about their hotel’s fate.

The Elyria Holiday Inn employs about 130 people, according to Mardeck’s corporate profile.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.