|By Travis Kellar, The Sentinel, Carlisle,
Pa.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News
Jan. 21, 2013--One area of Middlesex Township may see two more hotels in the near future.
One hotel is in the process of being built and another is in the process of getting approved, and both are near the area of the Harrisburg Pike and the Pennsylvania Turnpike.
The Holiday Inn Express and Suites was recorded with the county in June 2012, and its shell is already standing on the hill next to Rutter's off the Harrisburg Pike.
Middlesex Township Zoning Officer Mark Carpenter said the Holiday Inn will be an 83-room, 3-story hotel. He believes the projected opening will be this summer.
Along with that facility, there are also plans in development for a high-end hotel on Shady Lane, on land formerly occupied by the Carlisle Large Animal Veterinary Clinic, located between the Best Western Hotel and the Kitchen Shoppe.
Choice Hotels International, one of the world's largest lodging companies, granted a franchise license for the construction of a Comfort Inn in the township.
Middlesex Township zoning officer Mark Carpenter explained that the zoning hearing board approved a special exception to allow hotel use in the village center zoning district and that developers are preparing a land development plan for the facility that will be built on a 32.74 acre plot of land.
Edward Tubbs, a property partner, said the hotel, if approved, would be constructed off the Harrisburg Pike near the Giant headquarters. Choice Hotels said the Comfort Inn will be a three-story facility with 88 rooms, and will be one of the first hotels constructed "based on Choice Hotels new prototype construction and design elements."
J.C. Bar Properties of Camp Hill and Triple Crown Corp. of Harrisburg will develop the hotel, which might open sometime in early 2014, dependent on approval of land development plans by the township.
Tubbs said the rooms will be state of the art in technology and feature a large area providing complementary breakfasts, an indoor pool, fitness center and boardrooms for private meetings.
As with any new business that moves into the area, Carpenter said that it means good things for the township and the county. "It's very positive that they're interested," Carpenter said.
City Editor Naomi Creason contributed to this report.
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