Developers of a Tru by Hilton presented this rendering to city officials as what the proposed hotel would look like if completed.
Developers of a Tru by Hilton presented this rendering to city officials as what the proposed hotel would look like if completed.
RIDGELAND — City officials tabled multiple site plans and architectural reviews for three new hotels here until November for developers who have made multiple failed petitions in the past for a height variance.  

The matter was originally scheduled to be tabled until the second meeting in October, but Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith motioned to table the issue until the first meeting in November. The city currently has a moratorium on new hotels set to expire Oct. 31.

Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Gautier recused himself from discussion and the vote due to his work with Kerioth Corporation. City officials voted unanimously, 6-0, to table the issue until the first meeting in November.

Site plans and architectural reviews were included on the agenda for three proposed hotels by Ridgeland Hospitality group that include a Tru by Hilton, Holliday Inn and Holiday Inn Express located for West Ridgeland Avenue between Sunnybrook Road and the new I-55 Frontage Road across from the old Fitness Lady building.  

The plans were approved unanimously by the architectural review board in June contingent that certain changes were made, largely dealing with lighting and landscaping in the parking lot.

Included in the packet presented to the board were an electrical plan for the Holiday Inn building and a rendering of the Tru by Hilton.

No representatives of the development presented on Tuesday evening, though representatives of the company Todd Reeves, Chico Patel and Ali Bhatti have been present in the past and expressed displeasure with the hotel moratorium.

Developers say they have already spent $3 million on the hotel project. The city has denied a height variance for the project to allow for a third floor. The total project would be approximately $30 million, according to developers. Developers originally hoped to be wrapping up construction by the beginning of next year.

They often point to a hotel being developed by Kerioth in the Township at Colony Park that has been allowed to continue despite the moratorium. The project needed no petition for relief from the moratorium because it is being developed in a protected overlay district, officials have said.

A 180-day hotel and motel construction moratorium passed unanimously in April with the intention of studying the need and impact hotels were making in Ridgeland, though some aldermen and Mayor Gene McGee have expressed displeasure with the way petitions for relief have been handled.

The moratorium was originally set to expire on Oct. 1, but Ward 5 Alderman Bill Lee added an extension to the agenda at the last meeting in September that extended the moratorium through the end of this month. The measure passed 4-2 with Ward 6 Alderman Wesley Hamlin and Ward 3 Alderman Kevin Holder voting nay and Gautier recusing himself from voting and discussion.