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Tru by Hilton hotel gets council approval for O’Fallon destination

The proposed Tru by Hilton design presented by Paul Boyer [CEDC] at the April 5 P&Z Commission.

At its April 26 meeting, the O’Fallon city council gave a second reading and unanimous approval to a rezoning and the conditional use permit [CUP] for the creation of a new Tru by Hilton hotel to be located east of Hwy. K and near Technology Drive and Crusher Drive in O’Fallon.

The property is owned by Walmar Investment Company. The rezoning and CUP request was brought forth by Radiant Hospitality, LLC.

The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission [P&Z] meeting on April 5 previously approved the rezoning of the property to High Tech Corridor District [HTCD] to allow for the hotel’s five-story height, a conditional use permit [CUP] to allow a hotel use within the new zoning, a motion for a preliminary plat and the corresponding site plan. A public hearing was held the same evening and a favorable recommendation was awarded by P&Z.

On April 12, the city council held a public hearing on the rezoning and the ordinance, resulting in approval for its second reading and vote on April 26.

Tru by Hilton is a hotel chain by Hilton Worldwide aimed toward a professional, millennial-age client base. Some hotel amenities include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour lobbies, 55-inch televisions, build-your-own-breakfast bars, and a more open-room layout with platform beds and hanging closets. Services on items like food and alcohol also operate on a 24-hour basis in that the hotel calls a “Eat and Sip” market in the lobby.

The city was originally approached about the possible hotel development due to the proximity of business like Citibank and MasterCard that have a strong pull for a millennial-based workforce and centralized location with close proximity to major roads like Hwy. K and U.S. Route 61.

Construction is expected to begin immediately, with an opening date tentatively scheduled for late 2018. Meanwhile, construction for another new Tru by Hilton hotel is near the Streets of St. Charles. Reservations are currently open for August 2018 and beyond.

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