Candlewood request tabled again

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The Tupelo Planning Commission on Monday again tabled a request to rezone property that could lead to the development of a new hotel in Tupelo.
The developers of Candlewood Suites in Tupelo are requesting a zoning change from residential to commercial.
Preliminary plans call for an extended stay hotel to replace part of the Howard Johnson at the intersection of North Gloster and McCullough Boulevard.
ABRMP, which is owned by Bruce Patel, has asked the city to rezone a 30-foot strip of property behind the building to commercial, according to city planner Pat Falkner. The rezoning is raising questions from residents in the Belledeer neighborhood.
ABRMP officials are meeting privately with the residents to discuss the project before the city’s planning committee votes on rezoning the land. The vote was tabled at March’s meeting as well.
Patel already has reworked the plans after talking with residents and city officials. The original four-story hotel with 81 rooms now is three stories with 80 rooms.
It will be geared to Toyota-related contractors and other temporary workers, he said. The rooms have kitchenettes and are meant for stays of at least two weeks.
He doesn’t plan to change the tree line that currently acts as a buffer between the commercial and residential areas. He also would build a fence to further act as a buffer.
A spokesman for the Belledeer neighbors declined to comment until the group learns more about the project.