A new four-story Hampton Inn hotel is in the planning stages for Mineral Wells Avenue in Paris near the Highway 218 Bypass.
Local officials are set to consider the economic impact plan surrounding the hotel project in a series of meetings on Dec. 5.
The hotel would be located just south of the Nissan of Paris car dealership in an area that is currently a vacant field, across the street from Setco.
The developer for the project is VRL Hotels LLC, based in Pioneer, northwest of Knoxville. Victor Patel of Jacksboro is in charge of the hotel project, which would be on a 2.78-acre tract.
The inn will have 72 rooms, a swimming pool, business center and a small meeting room, according to Patel.
“This will be a new modern hotel, the newest prototype for Hampton,” Patel said by phone Tuesday afternoon.
Current property owner Fred Morris filed a request with the Paris Municipal Regional Planning Commission to combine a 0.74-acre tract with an existing 2.04-acre tract, and the planners approved that request last Thursday.
It must be given final approval by the Paris Commission, which will consider that request and rezoning of the property to PB (Planned Business) during an 11 a.m. meeting today at Paris city hall.
The rezoning request for the tract states it will have 83 feet of frontage on Mineral Wells.
The city will have a public hearing on the issue at 5 p.m. Dec. 5, prior to the regular meeting of the commission.
Two other local governmental entities will also meet Dec. 5. The Paris Industrial Development Board will host a public hearing on the economic impact plan at 3 p.m. that date at Paris city hall, and the Henry County Commission will meet at 4 p.m. that day to consider the plan.
“If everything is approved, I believe construction can start in March or April of next year,” Patel said, “and then be completed by 2021.”
“I’m excited about being able to work with a hotelier to provide the opportunities for people to have another place to stay in Henry County,” County Mayor Brent Greer said Tuesday.
“This is one of the keys to economic development in our community, based on the demand we have for hotel rooms from tourists who come here for fishing tournaments and other things.”
Greer recently said the county has been losing tourists to other locations since the demolition of the Paris Landing State Park Inn a few months ago.
While a new hotel is being built there, the community has come up short in supplying rooms for visitors, and has been losing them to Calloway, Stewart and other counties — even as far away as Gibson County — during major fishing tourneys.
Greer said the location of the new hotel is also good for the community.
“Our studies have shown us that the traffic count in that area is high enough to support this.
“That area right by the intersection of Mineral Wells Avenue and Memorial Drive, and then continuing out Mineral Wells to the bypass, has great accessibility for visitors,” Greer said.
He also pointed out that tourists like the fact that Hampton Inns are part of the Hilton hotel chain, and they can earn reward points by staying in one. In fact, Hampton Inn is officially known now as Hampton by Hilton.
Paris previously had a Hampton Inn, located at 1510 E. Wood St. It opened in October 1993 and remained as a Hampton Inn for 20 years before that property became a Quality Inn in October 2013.