|By Kasey Husk, Herald-Times, Bloomington,
Ind.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Jan. 18, 2012--A Bloomington-based hotel developer wants to bring a new 150-room hotel to downtown.
Paul Pruitt, owner of KPM Hotel Group, is petitioning the Bloomington Plan Commission for permission to build a hotel on the northwest corner of Ninth Street and College Avenue that would be operated by a hotel franchise, city planning director Tom Micuda said. The petition will be introduced at the plan commission's Feb. 6 meeting, then could be acted upon at the following meeting on March 5.
Pruitt said he could not yet reveal what hotel franchise his company would be working with.
The property in question is the former site of another hotel, the Downtown Motel, and in 2008 almost became home to a different hotel after a developer purchased the property and razed the old facility. The plan commission approved the construction of a 100-room Candlewood Suites at that time, but the hotel was never constructed because of the economic conditions, Micuda said.
The proposed facility would have 150 rooms and is described as a "limited service hotel," meaning it will not have a conference center, large amounts of meeting space or a full-service restaurant, Micuda said.
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