Holiday Inn Express Hotel coming to Maize

UPDATED — Maize has landed its second hotel deal.

On Wednesday, developer Marv Schellenberg and the city of Maize announced plans for a new Holiday Inn Express Hotel, which will be at Schellenberg’s Hampton Lakes development at the northwest corner of 37th and Maize.

Maize Hotel LLC is building the $2.5 million hotel, which will have three stories and 73 rooms and is scheduled to open in April 2011.

“This will just continue to solidify that even though we have a weak economy, Maize’s economy is still growing and strong,” says Rebecca Bouska, Maize’s deputy city administrator.

“We are getting ready to grow pretty quickly, I think, over the next 10 years.”

The hotel is adjacent to the proposed Northwest Bypass.

The Maize Hotel partners, including Mitesh Patel and Raju Sheth, also built the Hampton Inn in Derby. Sheth is still involved there.

The Holiday Inn Express would be the first hotel to be built in Maize’s 124-year history.

“There’s really just nothing on the northwest side as far as hotels go,” Schellenberg says.

A second hotel, an 84-room Fairfield Inn and Suites, is still pending.

Maize administrator Richard LaMunyon says the deal is likely to happen down the road.

“That developer is optimistic that he will start on that a year from now.”

Schellenberg is optimistic about what the Holiday Inn Express means for his 140-acre Hampton Lakes, which includes an almost-completed residential area, a retail center, an office park and a future medical park.

“It’ll just create more synergy . . . more momentum,” he says. “Everybody wants to be around each other.

With the hotel, Schellenberg says, “Now it makes more sense to have a restaurant come.”

He says all new deals, such as the just-announced Menards that’s coming to the Stonebridge development on the southeast corner, are significant for the area.

“Every new thing that comes up is just a positive thing. . . . It feeds on itself.”