100-room Hampton Inn proposed in Manchester
By Patrick McArdle
STAFF WRITER | April 22,2014
MANCHESTER — A preliminary application to build a $20 million three-story, 98-room Hampton Inn on a five-acre parcel off Route 7A in Manchester was submitted Monday, according to Tricia Hayes, a spokeswoman for the proposal.
The hotel would be built on a largely empty plaza known as High Ridge. The first action would be to remove seven existing buildings which include the homes of Panda Garden, Sleepy’s Mattress Store, Liz Claiborne, Bose, Nine West, Bennington Furniture, Tommy Hilfiger and Pac Sun.
The site is zoned for two uses, general residential, or GR1, and commercial. A hotel is a permitted use in a GR1 zone so the hotel is expected to be built in the back in the GR1 zone.
In the front, up to three buildings, expected to be used for retail, could be built. All three are expected to have 7,000-square-foot footprints.
The change in layout is expected to remove at least one curb cut from the site.
The project is being developed by the Mullaney Hospitality Group of Sayville, N.Y. In 2001, Mullaney approached the development review board for permission to develop a Hampton Inn at the former site of the Village Country Inn in 2011 but the application was denied.
The Mullaney Group is a family-owned group whose members are Bill Mullaney, his two assistants, Kevin Mullaney and Colleen Mullaney, and general manager Michael Mullaney.
If the proposal is successful, the first of the new buildings to be constructed would be the new Hampton Inn and Suites. Hayes said the goal would be to have the building sealed up by the winter where it would be estimated it would take another year to complete.
With the preliminary and formal applications submitted to the Manchester Development Review Board on Monday, the first meeting, which will be an informal one, is expected to be April 30. The meeting will be open to the public.
Hayes said an invitation-only meeting, just for neighbors who live on Hillvale and those who work in the hospitality industry, is expected to take place April 29.
The formal application, which would also be open to the public, could take place as soon as May 14.
Like other Hampton Inn and Suites, the Manchester hotel would be independently owned. Because it will have an affiliation with the Hilton family of resorts, people who belong to the Hilton membership program can earn points by staying at the Hampton.
The proposed hotel would be, unlike the Hampton Inn in Bennington, a Hampton Inn and Suites.
The hotel would have a corporate meeting room, fitness center, indoor pool and other amenities.
Hayes said the hotel was designed for families and to serve a market that isn’t currently being served in Manchester.
The proponents say if the hotel is built, it will create about 30 new full- and part-time jobs along with providing contracting jobs for those would work on its construction. The plaza currently belongs to a Texas company, Iron Point Titan Ventures, but after Sleepy’s, the only operating store in the plaza, relocates, the sale to the Mullaney Group is expected to be completed.
The plan to build new retail space at the site is still preliminary. The Mullaneys are developing the project for their own use and are not expected to resell it.
Kirk Moore, with BMA Architects and Planners in Manchester, is doing the master planning for the site, according to Hayes.