Town staff have received early plans for a Hampton Inn hotel in town but a lot of questions about the project remain.
Earlier this month, developers submitted a site plan to the Town of Knightdale to build a Hampton Inn hotel on a four-acre plot of land on Hinton Oaks Boulevard.
The land was rezoned in 2012, although it was not presented as a hotel project at that time.
It is not clear who the developer of the project is. The sketch plan provided by the town lists an address to a Wilmington-based residential business company.
That company said they are not involved with the project.
The town does not have any documents listing a developer yet and has only worked with an engineering firm to receive the sketch plan. That firm is a Wilson-based company called Herring-Sutton and Associates.
According to the sketch plan, the four-story, 112-room proposed hotel would also mean a new road that runs adjacent to Hinton Oaks Boulevard and 119 parking spaces in the parking lot of what Herring-Sutton and Associates labeled as a Hampton Inn on an official sketch plan.
Herring-Sutton and Associates declined to disclose who the developer is, saying the developer is not ready to reveal details of the project.
The original rezoning application to the town did not name a developer, which isn’t unusual in rezoning applications.
A representative from Hilton Worldwide, which operates the Hampton Inn brand, said most Hampton Inn locations are franchises. There is no record with the corporate office of a Hampton Inn in Knightdale, but the corporate office said it is normal that they don’t get information about a hotel until an opening date is set.
The company has no record of anyone buying franchise rights for a Knightdale location, either.
The closest Hampton Inn locations to Knightdale are in Raleigh, near Triangle Town Center and downtown on Glenwood Avenue.
The proposed hotel would be erected on two adjacent parcels of land. The land that was rezoned is currently owned by Charlie Silver and Betty Wales Silver Howison. The other parcel of land belongs to Charlie Silver, Jr, Wake County real estate records show.
The Silvers could not be reached for comment about what their land would be used for. There has been no transfer of ownership from the Silvers to another entity, Wake County real estate records show.
The current project has effectively already been approved: Once a master plan is approved by the town’s Technical Review Committee, which includes two council members, the hotel can be built without any additional approvals by the full council.
It’s the second hotel project that has come to light in eastern Wake County in the last few months, after Zebulon approved a Beacon Inn hotel with conditions in July.
Technically, the Zebulon board was approving a special use of the land to build the hotel, a process that includes looking at the proposed project.
The Beacon Inn was originally opposed by the town’s planning board, but eventually passed by the town board with conditions meant to alleviate traffic on Pearces Road near Sheetz.