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A Holiday Inn Express is planned for Interstate 95 and Taylor Road in Port Orange.

The City of Port Orange will soon be home to a new Holiday Inn Express.

The hotel will be at the Interstate 95 and Taylor Road interchange, next to a 7-Eleven.

According to the site plans, the building will be about 50,000 square feet and include 80 hotel rooms. The hotel will have a large great room as guests enter that will encompass the lobby and front desk as well as a lounge area. Also, the hotel will have a breakfast area, a business center and meeting room, a fitness center and an indoor pool. The two-acre parcel also will have 82 parking spaces.

The site plan for the hotel is under review by city staff. Because the property is zoned to allow for a hotel, the site plan will not need to go to the City Council for formal approval. Once city staff approves the plans, the project can be submitted for building permits.

Prior to site plan approval, the Port Orange City Council had to approve the concurrency and fair share agreement. The agreement was approved Sept. 17.

It stipulates the hotel developer will pay $58,996 as its fair share towards road improvements in the vicinity of the project. The dollar amount is calculated using a study that determines the amount of traffic the hotel will create, and then determines the percentage that represents of overall traffic generated by all new growth in that area of the city.

The idea is that each project contributes a fair share financially to transportation improvements that need to be done in the area to support all the new development.

Because the southbound I-95 off ramp prohibits access from Taylor Road, access to the hotel will be through the shared driveway with the 7-Eleven, a Take 5 oil change place and The Pavilion at Port Orange.

The developer anticipates breaking ground before the end of the year.

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