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City officials are taking steps to allow a new hotel to be built in Beatrice later this year.

During Monday’s City Council meeting, ordinances were approved to plat a MyPlace addition to north Beatrice where the hotel will be built.

“This is the first step in a two-step process tonight vacating a portion of a plat around Holiday Inn Express,” said City Administrator Tobias Tempelmeyer. “It’s the plat that goes just north of Holiday Inn Express between them and Farm Credit Services and wraps it back on the west side of the property down to the south to Commerce Street.

“As we talked about at previous council meetings, this is where the location of the new motel would be located in Beatrice, on that new plat between Holiday Inn Express and Farm Credit Services to the north.”

Plans for the hotel were initially discussed last July when Beatrice Lodging LLC applied for $500,000 in tax increment financing (TIF) funds to complete the project, which would build a three- to four-story MyPlace Extended Stay Hotel in north Beatrice.

The new hotel was driven in part by a lodging study led by the area's economic development group, NGage, that showed demand for more than 50 additional rooms in the area.

Planning and Zoning recommended the council approve the plat, and Tempelmeyer said the city hasn’t heard a firm start date for construction.

“Not that I’ve necessarily heard any start dates and those types of things, but just based on how paperwork is moving again my guess is they’re looking for a spring construction start,” he said.

Plans discussed last year called for a 47,000 square feet building.

The hotel will occupy around two acres of land and the TIF application stated the estimated assessed value once completed will be $2.3 million.

The hotel will create up to six full-time jobs and up to 10 part-time positions, depending on the time of year.

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