Auburn developer George Schott said the extended-stay lodging near Interstate 95 would target customers staying for more than a week.
Auburn developer George Schott, who would co-own the 25,580-square-foot hotel with Florida-based Ocean Properties, said it would target customers staying for more than a week at a time.
City Planning Board documents list the hotel as a Homewood Suites, which is a brand of Hilton Worldwide.
The $12 million project, which needs a conditional use variance because of its height, goes before the board Wednesday, Nov. 12.
owns a similar extended-stay hotel in Auburn that he
says is doing well and has started work on another in Bath he
anticipates will open next summer.
"It is a product that has done very well," Schott
said of the extended-stay hotel model.
"We wanted to do one more and thought Augusta would be a good place to do so."
It would join a cluster of hotels in that area of west Augusta now, including a relatively new Hampton Inn on the other side of Western Avenue, a Super 8 motel next door to the south, a Motel 6 just up Edison Drive and the Senator Inn less than a mile to the north on Western Avenue.
, who owns the Auburn Mall and other commercial properties in Maine and hundreds of units of former base housing around the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, said his
company researched the demand and determined "the need and numbers are there."
"My guess is (Schott) has determined it is worth the investment, and he
sees there is a growing demand.
said if the project is approved, construction would start as soon as possible in the spring, and the hotel would open a year later.
said all the units would have kitchenettes and other amenities meant to make longer-term guests feel more at home