City officials revealed that the hotel chain interested in building a new location in Ceres is Woodspring Suites, an extended stay hotel.
The application to build a four-story hotel in the Ceres Gateway Center is expected to come this fall, said Christopher Hoem, director of Community Development for the city of Ceres.
“I’m looking forward to presenting the proposal to the Planning Commission,” said Hoem.
Woodspring has nearly 300 hotels nationwide but is not well known in California where there are just four locations. They are located in Bakersfield where there are two, and in Colton, Norco and Redlands. The chain was founded as Value Place in 2003 but rebranded to Woodspring in April 2015. Their website notes that: “Instead of booking on a nightly basis like a traditional hotel, our guests tend to book with us for a week, month, or longer. Since we have less turnover, we pass the savings on to you with weekly and monthly rates that cost less per night the longer you stay!”
Typically extended stay hotels offer kitchens, laundry vending services and gyms. Hoem doesn’t believe a pool is being proposed.
The hotel would occupy a two-acre site near the freeway.
Hoem said the chain is looking at building 122 rooms on a 12,912 square foot ground floor footprint. Total square footage would be approximately 56,000 square feet.
Woodspring would be the third hotel in Ceres. Mictrotel and Howard Johnson Inn are located on the freeway frontage road.
Earlier this year the Ceres City Council amended the zoning regulations to allow construction of buildings taller than the existing 35-foot height limit on properties zoned Regional Commercial, or RC. The action allows a building of up to 50 feet, said Senior Planner James Michaels, which would allow a four-story structure.
Hoem also announced that Popeye’s Chicken will also be submitting an application this fall to build a restaurant in the center just north of Starbucks.
Just south of Starbucks at the entrance of the center on Mitchell Road is proposed to be a Union 76 station and a convenience store.
Quick Quack is likely the next building to be constructed in the center. It will be located just south of Service Road, between the new Chipotle and Highway 99.
The last application expected will be for the center’s two junior anchor retail spaces.
“We have no idea what those will be,” said Hoem.