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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hamilton could see second Hilton extended stay hotel

Hamilton Township could soon see another Hilton marquee go up within its borders.

At a press conference at the existing Hamilton Garden Inn Tuesday afternoon, Christopher Vernon, the general partner for the hotel, announced plans for a 117-room extended stay hotel at the former Harley Davidson site on Route 130 north of the 195 onramp. He said it would be based on guests staying anywhere between four days to several months.

The Hilton Homewood Suites, which could also include space for a restaurant, could open by late 2014, or early 2015 if all goes to plan, Vernon said. He said he and the partner company, Gulf Creek Corporation, wanted to take advantage of increased tourism along with large corporations such as Amazon making investments in the area.

“We’re trying to stay ahead of demand and meet that as it grows,” he said.

Each unit will have a kitchenette, he said, and they will vary from single bedroom suites to 2 bedroom suites. The rooms there would have a lower rate than a traditional hotel, with a lower rate the longer the guests stayed there. Vernon said that model has worked in other towns such as Princeton, and hoped it would work in Hamilton as well.

Michael Angarone, the director of Technology and Economic Development for Hamilton, said the application might go before the zoning board as early as May, but could get pushed back to June.

Hamilton Mayor Kelly Yaede said the application for the new hotel showed that one of the promises of her administration and her campaign (she’s running against Democrat Barbara Plumeri this fall) was coming through.

“We want to make sure the stores are open and make sure that there are commercial ratables on the tax books for years to come,” she said. “This is a perfect example of the way government can work with business in Hamilton Township.”

Angarone said the township could also be announcing several more development applications in the next two months, which he said was an indication of increased interest in the township.


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