BEDFORD — A five-story, extended stay hotel is being eyed for the former Magdalen College property along South River Road.
Conceptual plans have been presented to the Planning Board for the proposed 120-room hotel, potentially a future Home2 Suites by Hilton, according to the preliminary plans. Nam and An Kyung own the property at 270 South River Road, and the applicant for the project is Shane Patel — the same developer who constructed the Hampton Inn and Suites off Hawthorne Drive.
A chapel from the former Magdalen College still sits on the 5-acre parcel, which is now occupied by Master An’s Taekwondo.
The Planning Board was told Monday the chapel would be razed to make way for the hotel if a formal site plan was eventually submitted and approved by town planners.
The proposed five-story, extended stay hotel would include small kitchenettes in each of the 120 rooms, according to Jeff Kavan, an engineer with T.F. Moran.
“It is marketed to people who would be coming into town and staying for multiple days or a week doing business,” said Kavan.
The preliminary design is a large box building, but Kavan said there could be different facade materials used to break up the mass of the structure.
There are currently no extended stay hotels in Bedford. The project is still in the feasibility stage, according to Kavan, who said Patel hopes to move forward with the project in the new year.
“I think there are plenty of options here that would make it fit in,” said Matt Sullivan, member of the Planning Board.
Chris Bandazian, town councilor, expressed concerns about the security of the building and a potential increase in police or fire activity. He noted recent criminal problems at a different extended stay hotel located in Merrimack.
Conceptual plans show the hotel situated on the western portion of the parcel toward the turnpike, with the parking area closest to South River Road.
“Although larger redevelopment projects have been reasonably common along the northern portion of the South River Road corridor in Bedford, this would mark one of the larger recent developments in the southern half of the corridor,” Mark Connors, assistant planning director, wrote in a report to the Planning Board. “According to the application narrative, the front portion of the site along South River Road — approximately 40 percent of the site area — would become an outparcel for future development.”
Kavan said the outparcel is only for future use, stressing nothing is being proposed for that area. According to Connors’ report, Home2 Suites is a relatively new concept that includes contemporary features, environmentally conscious construction and caters to extended stay travelers.
About 140 parking spaces are proposed as part of the conceptual design, as well as a proposed driveway about 450 feet south of the South River Road and Hawthorne Drive intersection.
The 5.2-acre property on South River Road, which is located in the town’s flexible performance zone, is currently for sale with an asking price of nearly $2.3 million.