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Hampton Inn wins a thumbs up
A three-story, 162-room Hampton Inn hotel won the green light from the Ceres Planning Commission Monday, May 19 as did a tentative parcel map to split16 acres into nine parcels at the southwest corner of Service and Mitchell roads.

The approval, which came as a 4-0 Planning Commission vote, lays the groundwork for the development of a huge chunk of the area known as the Southern Gateway.

Planners also approved development of six buildings totalling 25,955 square feet for a proposed restaurant, retail space and gas mart.

Specifics of the development are:

• A two-building, three-story Hampton Inn consisting of 77 rooms in one building and 85 in the other. The main building will face Service Road while the other will run parallel to Mitchell Road;

• Two restaurant pads - one at 5,500 square feet and the other at 5,000 square feet - that could suit sit-down operations;

• A 12-pump gas station/car wash;

• A 3,915 square foot McDonald's;

• A 2,800-square-foot drive-thru restaurant pad;

• 10,500 square feet of high turnover restaurant space;

• 5,500 square feet of retail space.

Planners noted that affecting the southern end of the Gateway are plans to build a new interchange for Mitchell/99. The interchange project will probably demand leaving an existing storm drain basin; but if it doesn't, the land can be utilized for a 5,500 square foot retail building.

Transportation consultant Fehr & Peers studied the Ceres Gateway Center Project and determined that significant traffic impacts will result. The development is expected to increase traffic on the local and regional roadway system by approximately 5,512 daily trips.

To mitigate impacts, the developers will be expected to contribute to the costs of building the Mitchell/Service/99 interchange.

Interest in development along Mitchell Road is perking up. On April 21 the Planning Commission approved the development of a 4,200 square foot Washington Mutual bank as part of a three-building development at Mitchell south of Rosewood.