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Two New Hotels Coming to Florence

Florence city council gave its approval to a zone change and a concept development plan change that will pave the way for two new hotels in the city.

A five-story Staybridge Suites will have 89 rooms in a nearly 73,000-sq. ft. building on the southwest side of Ted Bushelman Boulevard. It will be located next to a Florence Fire Department firehouse.

Vice Mayor Julie Metzger Aubuchon explained that the county planning commission reviewed the zone change and hosted a public hearing before offering its approval of the zone change.  

The city planning commission also OK'd the plan. 

The developer of the new hotel understands, Metzger Aubuchon said, that if trees are removed from the site, it could open the property up to golf balls flying in from the neighboring golf course - and will not hold the city liable when that happens. Secondly, the presence of the firehouse will bring noise when the trucks respond to calls, and the developer agrees not to complain to the city about it.

TownePlace Suites will be a five-story, 105-unit hotel next to the Springhill Suites on Turfway Road. City council approved two changes in a concept development plan that will allow for a second hotel in that area, and reducing a lot size.

Both hotels will be the first of their name in the Northern Kentucky market.

Other notes:

Mayor Diane Whalen presented a proclamation in honor of Robert William Smith, who turned 100 years old on February 11. His son, Robert William Smith, Jr., accepted it. 

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

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