ABOVE: // Rendering courtesy Choice Hotels
By VINCE TROIA
Bellevue may soon add the Comfort Inn and Suites name to its growing list of hotel openings.
An application to revise the current PUD (planning unit development) designation on the potential hotel site was submitted to the Metro Nashville Planning Department with the goal of gaining approval to construct a five-story, 100-room hotel there.
The property, which shares an access road with Sonic Drive-In, is just south of Interstate 40 at exit 199.
For years, it was home to Sam’s Club, 615 Old Hickory Blvd., which closed in January 2018. Parent company Walmart shuttered dozens of similar stores just after announcing a wage increase for employees.
Project engineers Civil & Environmental Consultants of Franklin submitted the application on May 10 for Choice Hotels, the parent company of Comfort Inn. Plans call for a 54,217 square foot hotel complex on the 1.34-acre site.
The old Sam’s building took up just shy of 47,000 square feet. It appears likely that the walls of the old building will come down prior to hotel construction.
Metro planners will look at road construction plans, sewer capacity, and complete a geotechnical study before making a recommendation to the Planning Commission, which next meets on June 27.
The Comfort brand is undergoing much growth, according to a report in HotelBusiness.com with new franchisees (more than 100 in 2018), upgraded guest rooms and lobbies, and new signage.
If approved, the hotel will join the soon-to-be-opened Home 2 Suites by Hilton and a Fairfield Inn, now under construction, as Bellevue continues to boost its accommodations portfolio while Nashville continues to draw more visitors. ( https://bit.ly/2QmdmXi )
For years, the only full-service hotel lodging options in Bellevue came from Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham and Hampton Inn, both on Coley Davis Road near exit 196 off I-40.