The Oak Ridge Municipal Planning Commission unanimously approved an amended site plan last week for TownePlace Suites by Marriott, a four-story, 81-room hotel on 2.6 acres near the intersection of Wilson Street and Rutgers Avenue, close to JCPenney.
The TownePlace Suites will be owned by Chander Bhateja, who is also the developer and franchisee. Bhateja, an Oak Ridge resident, owns three hotels in Knoxville and others in the Southeast.
TownePlace Suites is part of Main Street Oak Ridge, the 58-acre project to redevelop the former Oak Ridge Mall as a mixed-use development that could also include retailers, restaurants, and residential units.
TownePlace Suites could cost about $10 million.
Bhateja said hotel guests follow brands, and there is no Marriott brand in Oak Ridge.
Also Thursday, July 28, the Planning Commission approved a revised site plan for Main Street Oak Ridge.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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