Plans for hotel may move ahead without city assistance
By Hub City Times staff
MARSHFIELD – Though city officials turned down a request to create a Tax incremental Funding (TIF) district to assist Prairie Lodging, LLC, in developing a Hampton Inn on the former site of the Knights of Columbus Hall, plans continue to move forward.
“(City Planner) Josh (Miller) was been in communication with the developer,” said Mayor Bob McManus. “Truth be told, we all thought if this was not approved that the developer would go away. As of right now, that is not the case. Josh Miller has talked with the developer, and as of right now, the developer is planning to go ahead with a conditional use request without the assistance of the TIF. That is as of (Jan. 9)… A lot could change in a week, but if that remains constant then what we will see in the planning commission meeting is the conditional use request will still be on the agenda for (Jan. 15) at 7 p.m. at City Hall.”
If it is approved by the Plan Commission, then the matter goes to the full council on Jan. 22 at 6 p.m.
“If this hotel is coming in without any government assistance, which is fine; then, we just look at it and the business is legal,” McManus explained. “But, we are going to have to make sure that it fits on that site. We are going to have to get through the Plan Commission and address any concerns certainly that are there.”
Without the assistance of the TIF district, cost for any needed street improvements will be split between the city and adjacent property owners — including neighboring homeowners and the hotel property.
There is a public hearing scheduled during the Marshfield Plan Commission meeting on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. to address the conditional use request for the hotel. The public is also invited to voice concerns at the Jan. 22 common council meeting during public comments.