Downtown Columbia Hotel Owners Share Concerns About AC Marriott Plan
COLUMBIA, Missouri (KMIZ)
Hotel owners in downtown Columbia raised concerns Tuesday about a potential hotel.
The owners of the Broadway Hotel and the Tiger Hotel want more solutions to the parking situation surrounding a potential new AC Marriott to be built at Hitt and Cherry Streets.
“With a lot of local businesses buying space there, whether it’s for their employees or, you know, just having time slots for their customers, when you take, you know more than a third of the spaces away from, at from that batch it’s going to have a big effect, ”said Glyn Laverick, owner of the Tiger Hotel.
The developers at AC Marriott want 99 of the 176 parking spaces at 10th and Cherry Street for its 140 hotel rooms.
By way of comparison, the Tiger Hotel has 49 spaces in the parking lot at 8th and Cherry Street for its 62 hotel rooms.
The Broadway Hotel has 107 Short Street Garage parking spaces for its 114 hotel rooms.
“To come to the fore here and move the existing holders, I still think downtown businesses will be less than happy with this,” said David Parmley, owner of the Broadway Hotel.
Parking Advisory Board data on garage occupancy shows that from March 8 to May 26, the 10th garage and Cherry St. were on average 100% occupied only once, on April 11.
“You know, we’re not asking for public subsidies here, but parking is really a key,” said Jack Cardetti, who represented the new hotel developers at the Columbia city council meeting on Monday.
The city council postponed the vote for the hotel parking lot until August 16.