Steve Bollinger, vice president for design and construction for Drury Inns, said his company wants to see if the township is open to relaxing its height limitations before commissioning detailed plans.
"We don't have any hard plans.We knew height would be an issue," Bollinger
said."We wanted to go this first step and get some feedback from the township to see if it would be feasible."
The company is asking to rezone the property to planned unit development.A hearing will be held, though a date has not been set. Bollinger
told the Township Planning Commission Monday that J.D. Power and Associates
ranked the chain No. 1 in customer satisfaction for mid-priced hotels last year, and the Market Metrix ranked it No. 1 among all hotel companies, including Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons hotels.
The average room price runs between $89 and $95 a night.
The privately held, family-owned chain owns 117 hotels in 17 states.The chain operates a handful of higher-end hotels than the one planned for Cascade, but Bollinger
said its niche is limited to service hotels with top-notch amenities.
Hotel amenities would include an indoor-outdoor pool and 2,300-square-foot meeting room.If the township approves the project, construction would take about 14 months, Bollinger