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New hotel headed to downtown Midland

A new hotel is headed to downtown Midland. The Fairfield Inn and Suites site plan was approved by Midland city council on Monday. Photo Courtesy: Midland Planning Commission

A new hotel is headed to downtown Midland. The Midland city council unanimously approved a site plan for the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Monday night's meeting.

The 77 room hotel will be located at the intersection of Buttles and Cronkright near Dow Diamond. The lot formerly housed the Dirk Waltz used car dealership.

"It'll be a three story hotel and it'll have pedestrian access right on to Ellsworth Street and it'll fit right in with our downtown fabric and add to the vibrancy downtown in Midland," says Grant Murschel.

The hotel is a private development and won't cost taxpayers any money.

Grant Murschel is the director of planning and development in Midland. He says the plan fits in with all the new development happening in the downtown area, including the Streetscape project.

"We have the jobs that will be generated as part of the construction but it will be a hotel that will be in our downtown for many years to come and so that will provide an opportunity for jobs and also feed with more people on the streets and going into businesses," says Murschel

People we spoke with are happy about the hotel but some have concerns.

"It could be good, if it brings the prices down maybe overall, hopefully I'm assuming it wouldn't me a five star hotel so it would be more economical fos us and visitors coming to the area," says resident Sheri Mose

"I think it'd be nice to have another hotel downtown but I saw the plan on it in the paper the other day and it looks like the parking might be kind of limited for that," says resident Jim Kajpust

We asked Grant Murschel about the parking concern.

"It's in a zoning district that does not require onsite parking to be provided. They decided to provide some parking on site but the understanding is they'll work with their neighbors and find some additional parking," says Murschel.

Construction of the hotel could begin this spring.

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