New Hotel Plans Better Fit Olive Branch Guidelines

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(Olive Branch, MS) Glori McNeese went to some incredible heights when she learned of a developers plan to build a four-story hotel next to her neighborhood.

”I went up in a bucket truck four stories high to see if you’re on the fourth floor of that hotel, how far you could see into my subdivision,” she explained.

What she saw from way up there concerned her.

"There was no privacy whatsoever. I saw into kitchens, living rooms, and children playing in their backyard.”

Now the developer has returned with a new plan for a hotel only three stories high.

"The project we have is a 55-room LaQuinta and it’s a prototype and we have in the plan, a double-story lobby, a café, restaurant, bar and everything else,” said Donny Singh, who predicts it would look exactly like the new LaQuinta at Wolfchase.

The proposed hotel would go up on a site at Goodman and Highway 78, which backs up to the Eastover Subdivision. Developers would tear down the car wash and a storefront church to make room.

Singh says the new plan better fits Olive Branch zoning regulations for height and more.

"We’ve got the landscape buffer, they wanted 30 feet. We actually gave ‘em 36 feet so we’re definitely trying to accommodate as much as we can.”

He explains Olive Branch needs the upscale hotel and the meetings and business it could bring.

But neighbors fear it may still sit too close for their comfort.

”We want to see Olive Branch grow, but not that close to a subdivision,” said McNeese.

She says she plans to rally neighbors to bring their concerns to Aldermen, again.

Singh wants to break ground this summer and have the hotel open by the end of the year.