Hotel sites mulled by city

The economic recession that has plagued the country and western Colorado hasn’t stopped one developer from attempting to add to hotel rooms here.

The Grand Junction Planning Commission on Tuesday is expected to approve a preliminary plan and conditional-use permit for a 120-room Hilton Garden Inn and 97-room Candlewood Suites at 680 24 Road, north of Canyon View Stadium 14 movie theater.

“We are going to proceed with building if we can get financing,” said Rob Eisenbeisz with The Koehler Corp. of Aberdeen, S.D. Reached by phone Friday, Eisenbeisz said he didn’t have information on any other aspects of the project and referred questions to an official who wasn’t available for comment.

The hotels would each stand four stories tall and include more than 130,000 square feet of room space, according to documents on file with the city Public Works and Planning Department. Access would be off Market Street, which runs north from Patterson Road, just east of and parallel to 24 Road. Market Street would be extended north from the theater.

A project report prepared by Souder, Miller & Associates, the representative for the developer, claims the Hilton Garden Inn would meet a need for lodging on the west end of town near shopping and provide access to Colorado National Monument, while Candlewood Suites would meet a need for extended-stay lodging in town.

Both hotels would be close to restaurants, shopping and entertainment and would have minimal affect on traffic along lower-volume streets because high-volume roads such as Interstate 70, 24 Road and Patterson Road are nearby, according to the project report.

The Hilton Garden Inn and Candlewood Suites would join the Holiday Inn Express as the only hotels along 24 Road. The Holiday Inn Express opened at 625 Rae Lynn St., off 24 Road to the west, in 2002.

It’s not clear when the hotels would open. The project report was submitted in November and indicates construction would begin this summer and finish in the fall. It seems highly unlikely, though, that that timeline could be met.

The hotels are proposed at a time when Grand Junction lodging tax continues to slide.

Lodging tax collected in July totaled $128,853, a 13 percent decline from the same time last year, according to the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau.


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