Manor plans to add another Hilton hotel

With the paint barely dry on its new Homewood Suites by Hilton, the Rogue Valley Manor has begun a second hotel project: a four-story, 120-room Hilton Garden Inn next door.

Pacific Retirement Services, the Manor's parent organization, is seeking to revise its master plan so that it can build the inn adjacent to the extended-stay Hilton, which opened earlier this month west of Ellendale Drive.

"The (Garden Inn) product is a little more affordable for the business traveler," said PRS Chief Executive Tom Becker. "What we are trying to do now with the new interchange is get all lined up and get agreements with the city and franchise in place. We're not exactly sure on the timing (of construction), though."

PRS is asking the city to amend its master plan by reducing acreage from 219.7 to 215.8 acres; adding the hotel while keeping a previously approved seven-story, 35,000-square-foot office building (see correction note below); increasing the number of daily trips allowed; and changing the previously approved heating and cooling system for the proposed building.

The project will go before the city's Planning Commission (see correction note below) Oct. 23.

A hotel would attract more traffic along Ellendale Drive than an office building, so PRS has requested the trip limit be raised to 192 from the present 138 during evening peak hours.

"Public works has concluded Ellendale has the capacity to do that," said Desmond McGeough, a Medford city planner.

PRS Development Manager Amy Weiser said the new hotel would be closer to the south Medford freeway interchange and Bear Creek than the Homewood Suites project.

She said the Hilton Garden property would complement the 109-suite extended-stay Homewood Suites. That project had a price tag of $8 million when it was launched.

The Manor's original master planned unit development was adopted in 1983 and a commercial addition was added in 1998. At 219.7 acres, it's the city's largest PUD. The next biggest PUD is Saddle Ridge, a 205-acre residential development in east Medford.

Corrections: The original version of this story incorrectly referred to Pacific Retirement Services' proposal to construct an office building. It remains in the organization's plans. Also, the original version incorrectly said the plan was headed for an architectural review commission. It actually goes to the Planning Commission next.

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