Southlake Council approves hotel

03/10/2014 1:17 PM

03/10/2014 1:18 PM

Out-of-towners will have a new place to stay when Cambria Suites comes to town.

City Council approved the development of the Kimball Park shopping district, which includes a Cambria Suites hotel, at the March 4 meeting.

The four-story, 175-room hotel will be an anchor for the shopping district at 400 and 470 N. Kimball Ave. just north of the Highway 114 frontage road.

The development will feature an office building, retail and restaurants.

Council approved the concept and site plan with a 6-1 vote, with Councilman Martin Schelling the lone opponent.

The developer worked with Cambria executives to show council members that the hotel will be high quality.

“What we tried to do today is show you examples of the high-quality type of materials that we’re going to use,” developer Jeff Medici told the Council. “I hope you understand that we are not going to scrimp on that.”

At the first reading, council members expressed their disappointment with the lack of examples of what the hotel would be like, including a hotel restaurant menu.

Cambria plans to roll out a second generation of hotel at the Southlake location and officials said they did not yet have proper examples to show.

Hotel officials did bring a menu complete, however along with the chef that created it.

Mayor John Terrell said more information helped him pass the development.

Medici said he plans to break ground on the hotel in October or November and expects it will take about 12-14 months to build.

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