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Council delays action on hotel plan

Superior’s City Council took no action Tuesday to create a project area for a proposed waterfront hotel.

With two proposals on the table now — a Hampton Inn proposed by ZMC Hotels and a Marriott Fairfield and expansion of convention facilities at Barker’s Island Inn proposed by Oliver Companies — councilors put off a decision for two weeks to give city officials time to review Oliver Companies proposal.

The city received the proposal July 25, more than a month after ZMC’s proposed project started working its way through city committees.

Jason Serck, Superior’s economic development, port and planning director, said by putting the decision off, the council will have the opportunity to talk about the project area plan and the tax increment district plan at the same time.

Oliver Companies proposed including the three hotels the company owns in the area — Barker’s Island Inn and Convention Center, Superior Bayfront Inn and Holiday Inn Express — in the special taxing district.

ZMC is proposing a 75-room Hampton Inn on Superior’s waterfront between Perkins and the Richard I. Bong Veterans Historical Center. Oliver Companies is proposing razing the Superior Bayfront Inn, replacing it with an 86-room Marriot Fairfield Inn in addition to improvements at Barker’s Island Inn.