Developer hopes to build another hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa

Developer hopes to build another hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa

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A developer wants to build another hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa near the new Embassy Suites, which is currently under construction. Source: WBRC video A developer wants to build another hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa near the new Embassy Suites, which is currently under construction. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

An Embassy Suites Hotel opens in downtown Tuscaloosa next fall and now another hotel may not be far behind.

"What we're proposing with this Hilton Homes Suite is a regular hotel with some nicer amenities. So it doesn't really meet the intent of prohibition for downtown," attorney Bryan Winter explained.

Bryan Winter represents a developer who wants to build a 107 room hotel a block away from Embassy Suites.

Monday, the city zoning board granted a variance allowing an extended stay hotel to be built on this university boulevard block where Candace Hancock lives.

"All the buildings around here that are just going to disappear and get squashed this big hotel," Hancock said.

After four years here, she now feels the city is squeezing out homeowners in favor of big ticket projects like apartments and now big hotels.

"When are they going to stop? You know a lot of people are happy with the way things are and you don't need a big huge hotel on every block," Hancock said.

City councilman Bobby Howard says an additional hotel would help Tuscaloosa compete for more convention business.

"There's always a top of the line hotel right beside it, the three-star, four-star that picks up the overflow," Howard said.

Howard and Winter say the two hotels wouldn't compete for the same customers.

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