Waite Park To Hold Public Hearing On Proposed Hotel Project
WAITE PARK -- Waite Park officials want to hear your thoughts on a two-hotel and convention center project planned for the city.
The Waite Park Planning Commission is holding a public hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m.
City Administrator Shaunna Johnson says The Silver Leaf Development group wants to move forward with platting the Tri-County Mobile Home Park site along 6th Avenue South and County Road 75.
Johnson says they are also requesting the site be a planned unit development (PUD).
The Silver Leaf group wants to build two-hotels with a 27,000 square foot convention center that could hold up to 800 people.
Back in January, the Waite Park city council approved a DEED redevelopment grant of $623,000 to help pay for the expanded project.
Silver Leaf is also asking the city for $4.26 million in tax-increment financing (TIF) money.
Silver Leaf Group President Don Evenson said in November they hope to begin construction in April and have the hotels built by 2016.
This is one of two hotel projects planned for Waite Park. Miller Architects wants to build a 90-room Staybridge Suites extended-stay hotel and also a 120-room Holiday Inn, including a restaurant and bar on a vacant lot next to Menards along Highway 23.