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The Waxahachie City Council approved a site plan and a development agreement for a new four-story hotel during its Monday night meeting.

Members of the Planning and Zoning Commission gave unanimous recommended approval of the project at its April 28 meeting.  The proposed hotel, Home2 Suites, would be 15,317 square feet containing 102 rooms that would be spread out over four floors.

The rooms at the hotel are designed for extended stay. Home2 Suites offers such amenities such as a laundry center, fitness center, common area and pool.

Planning director Shon Brooks said the development will be located on the southwest corner of Rae Boulevard and John Arden Drive behind the Waxahachie Civic Center.“The ordinance does allow for an extended stay hotel with a maximum of 30 days to stay in the hotel,” Brooks said. “In my opinion, it has a pretty good landscape plan and façade plan as well. Good looking site and building.”

Two variances were requested: a swimming pool of 600 square feet instead of the zoning ordinance-required minimum of 1,000 square feet and an open gathering space instead of the ordinance-required meeting room of 1,000 square feet.

The council approved the plans with the planning and zoning commission recommendation that the swimming pool be a minimum of 1,000 square feet and that the meeting room be enclosed.

According to the Home2 Suites website, the properties are run and managed by the Hilton Hotel chain. Each suite offers a full-sized kitchen, with the hotel offering free breakfast and wi-fi. The properties are pet friendly.

More information about Home2 Suite can be found at its website at www.hilton.com/en/home2.

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