Lewisville City Council approves special use permit for hotel planned for Rockbrook Drive

Lewisville City Council approved a special use permit Feb. 17 for a hotel planned for Rockbrook Drive. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lewisville City Council approved a special use permit Feb. 17 for a hotel planned for Rockbrook Drive. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lewisville City Council approved a special use permit Feb. 17 for a hotel planned for Rockbrook Drive. (Anna Herod/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Nortex Hotel Group is set to build a 125-room, four-story hotel on Rockbrook Drive off of SH 121. (Courtesy city of Lewisville)
The Lewisville City Council unanimously approved a special use permit that will allow Nortex Hotel Group to build a 125-room, four-story hotel on Rockbrook Drive off of SH 121.

The hotel will contain two InterContinental Hotels Group brands: Avid and Staybridge Suites. Overall, the hotel will contain 55 rooms in the Avid brand and 70 in the Staybridge Suites brand.

The Staybridge Suites portion of the hotel will consist of 70 extended stay suites with cooktops, according to the developer’s special use permit approved Feb. 17.

Included in the approved special use permit were two variances requested by the developer. One variance will allow the developer to install pavement over a grass-only waterline.

City Council approved the variance on the condition that Nortex Hotel Group accept responsibility for any pavement repairs required due to maintenance or repair of the city water main performed by city crews or contractors.

Lewisville land development regulations require that all hotel rooms meet a minimum 325-square-foot requirement. City Council granted the developer’s request to waive this requirement.

The Staybridge Suites rooms will have rooms ranging in sizes from 441-564 square feet, while the Avid rooms will range from 240-399 square feet. The average room size in the hotel will be 395 square feet, according to the permit.

Lewisville Planning Director Richard Luedke stated in a staff memo to City Manager Donna Barron and City Council that though the rooms will not meet the size requirement mandated by the land development regulations, the hotel has committed to providing more amenities and meeting space than what is required.

“This also reflects a current trend in the hotel industry for smaller rooms and more communal spaces,” Luedke stated.

The approved permit also stipulates that the hotel will be required to install safety cameras at every entrance on the property.
By Anna Herod

Anna Herod covers local government, education, business and the environment as the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. In the past, Anna served as the reporter for Community Impact's San Marcos/Buda/Kyle paper. Her bylines have appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, Hays Free Press and The Burleson Star. She is a graduate of Texas State University's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.


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