Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Second Hilton by Airport Approved | Brand Adding Home2 Concept Adjacent to Existing Garden Inn

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Second Hilton by Airport Approved | Brand Adding Home2 Concept Adjacent to Existing Garden Inn

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DEVELOPMENT

MANATEE COUNTY -- A proposed Home2 Suites by Hilton will add 110 hotel rooms in the vicinity of the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

On Thursday, the Manatee County Commission unanimously approved Excel Sarasota's plan to build the four-story hotel on the front portion of a five-acre site on the west side of U.S. 41, where a 115- room Hilton Garden Inn is located.

The hotel was among several development projects approved Thursday that show the surge in local construction. The County Commission also approved three proposals totaling more than 600 homes.

Marla Hough, an engineer for the hotel project, said a drive-in theater used to be on the site. A previous approval for a restaurant, retail or offices on the front parcel had expired.

The proposed hotel will cater to "leisure clients" while the existing hotel is oriented toward "business clients," Hough said. …

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