BEDFORD — The planning board could decide next week whether to allow the construction of a five-story, extended stay hotel along South River Road.
An architectural design of the exterior of the proposed 120-room hotel has been submitted to town planners, and includes veneer stone, brick veneer, composite wall panels, an outdoor lounge area under a trellis and an aluminum storefront on a portion of the lower level.
“We are still working with them on the design,” Mark Connors, town planner, said on Tuesday. “We are hoping that it improves with the final version.”
The future Home2 Suites by Hilton, if approved, will be constructed at the former Magdalen College property at 270 South River Road.
Currently, a chapel from the former school still sits on the five-acre parcel, which is now occupied by Master An’s Taekwondo, but that would be razed to make way for the new hotel.
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.
“The proposed hotel will have 120 rooms with kitchenettes to provide space for guests who will be staying at the site for multiple days or weeks,” Bob Duval of TFMoran, Inc., wrote in the plans on file at town hall. “The hotel will not have a restaurant or meeting rooms.”
About 142 parking spaces will be provided around the hotel, if approved by town planners. According to a recently conducted traffic study, the proposed hotel is not expected to significantly impact traffic along the South River Road corridor.
“This type of hotel is generally a mild traffic generator with 47 trips in the (morning) peak hour and 38 trips during the (evening) peak hour,” states Duval.
Plans indicate that the 16,685 square feet hotel will sit on a five-acre lot within the town’s performance zone. The hotel, if approved, will be situated on the western portion of the parcel toward the turnpike, with the parking area closest to South River Road.
There are currently no extended-stay hotels located in Bedford.
Chris Bandazian, town councilor, recently 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.
Home2 Suites is a relatively new concept that includes contemporary features, environmentally conscious construction and caters to extended-stay travelers.
The site plan for the project will be reviewed by the planning board at 7 p.m. Monday at the BCTV meeting room.