MOUNT PLEASANT — The Inter- Continental Hotels Group has its eye on 2 acres on U.S. Highway 17 north of the Isle of Palms Connector, and residents of nearby Brickyard Plantation aren't happy.
An application is pending before the Planning Commission for a 96-room Staybridge Suites, which has more than 100 extended-stay hotels worldwide. The three-story hotel is planned next door to the subdivision entrance behind the retail Shops at Brickyard.
A quorum of Brickyard Plantation's 825 homeowners met last week and unanimously voted to oppose the hotel, resident Judy Snyder said. More traffic, noise and light pollution are concerns, she said. "There have already been so many accidents at our (U.S. 17) traffic light. We don't want this hotel there."
"The primary issue is most certainly traffic," said Bill Banta of the homeowners association board. The application before the commission includes a request to build a 43-foot-tall hotel, which is eight feet taller than allowed in that location. The hotel is better suited for areas with more commercial development, Banta said.
The hotel and swimming pool are envisioned to be a boost to nearby retailers, according to papers filed with the town Planning Department. If approved, the project is expected to generate $321,000 in impact fees and more than $150,000 each year in city and county taxes.
IHG, the hotel chain, describes Staybridge Suites customers as good neighbors, conservative and family-oriented. Its guests are 80 percent businessmen and women and 20 percent vacationers. The average length of stay is eight nights, according to IHG.
IHG includes Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts and Hotel Indigo. Caroline Sanfilippo, coordinator for corporate communications, had no comment.