Eastside hotel proposed

The new plans for CenterState Crossings call for a 152-room Hilton Garden Inn.
Friday, May 21, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:52 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

The Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved plans to build a four-story, 152-room Hilton Garden Inn at the CenterState Crossings development between Vandiver Drive and U.S. 63 at its meeting Thursday night.

Commission member Jerry Wade called the hotel a pleasant addition to the CenterState Crossings location.

The hotel will be owned and operated as a franchise by KCP Hospitality under a licensing agreement with Hilton.

KCP Hospitality is a subsidiary of The Puri Group of Enterprises.

“Our hope is to serve the entire city of Columbia,” said Dr. Raman Puri, vice president of KCP Hospitality. “But we anticipate that around 60 percent of our guests will be business travelers.”

This will be the fifth Hilton Garden Inn in Missouri.

Two of those five are in St. Louis.

“The Hilton Garden Inn is a relatively new brand to the Hilton line of hotels, with only 150 currently in operation across the country,” said Robbie Hall, Hilton’s director of franchise development for the central region.

Puri described the Hilton Garden brand as a mid-scale to upper-scale hotel, saying the nightly room rate will be around $100.

While the plan now has the approval of the commission, it must still be voted on by the Columbia City Council.

The council will not take up the issue until its June 7 meeting.

Puri said he anticipates breaking ground on the project in mid-July, assuming the council signs off on the plan at that meeting.

Construction of the hotel will be completed by Novelty Construction, which is also owned by the Puri Group.

At the meeting, the commission also acted on the property adjacent to the Hilton Garden site, unanimously approving of a plan called MV Properties at Centerstate Crossings.

This development will sit next to Bass Pro and consist of 45,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

It has not yet been determined what stores will occupy this space.

Allstate Consultants also asked for a parking variance as part of this development, saying that it did not believe it would need the number of spots required for a project of this size.

Although the commission has taken issue with similar requests in the past, it did not do so this time as additional parking had been granted to the neighboring Bass Pro development.

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