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Published April 05, 2012, 03:54 PM

New Hotel Coming to Southwest Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Travelers will soon have more places to stay in Grand Forks. Initial plans for a new hotel in the southwest part of town are moving forward after a city meeting on Wednesday night.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Travelers will soon have more places to stay in Grand Forks. Initial plans for a new hotel in the southwest part of town are moving forward after a city meeting on Wednesday night.

The new hotel will be the fourth one built in Grand Forks over the past few years and city planners say the need is there.

On weekends and holidays, it can be hard to find a hotel room in the Grand Forks area.

"The Canadian traffic in itself is a tremendous draw," Grand Forks City Planner Brad Gengler said.

"I think the event center has helped with conventions coming to town and just overall supporting events," Grand Forks Senior Planner Ryan Brooks said.

More people are traveling through town, so more developers are looking to build hotels. The planning and zoning committee of the Grand Forks City Council approved lot boundaries for Hampton Inn and Suites.

"We had Staybridge that's getting ready to construct south of Valley Dairy across from the Alerus center and the other one before that was Springhill," Brooks said.

A Sleep Inn was also built last summer. City Planners say a lot of the expansions and new hotels going in are on 42nd Street, where they expect growth to continue.

"The private sector has stepped up and more aggressively been developing hotels so based on that we would assume there's a market for it," Gengler said.

"I think it's a location of shopping, the university, perhaps some of that generation and just shopping and the events in town," Brooks said.

Construction could start on the Hampton Inn and Suites in the next couple of weeks.

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