Upper Providence Council approved the preliminary plan for a 58-room hotel at the former Little Inn site, 7-13 State Road, writes Susan Serbin for the Daily Times.
A final plan submission is pending for the $7 million project.
The Avid Hotel is a new brand of the Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG).
Architect Bob Linn has been working with developers on different concepts for two years. The Little Inn closed in 2015. The property was purchased by a new buyer who has entered into a 20-year franchise agreement with IHG.
Residents have expressed concerns about local traffic on Summer Street and nearby roads.
The project will close a curb cut to Summer Street and post directional signs. Fencing and landscaping will be installed prior to any work.
Other site improvements include reduction of impervious coverage, creation of storm water management, and enhanced buffering. Linn said the fire marshal has approved the plan, which will include an inside sprinkler system and a fire hydrant on State Street.
The plan is to take down the existing building and clean the site by the end of the summer. Construction is estimated at nine months to a year.
Read more about the planned hotel here.