AUSTINBURG — Zoning permits have been approved for a new hotel along state Route 45.

Fairfield Inn plan to build a 100-room hotel on the east side of the road on a piece of

property near Taco

Bell and the Pilot gas station in the Sidley Court area, according to Fiscal Officer Dave Thomas.

“Permits were just approved for zoning this past week and

they have started to contact the county for approval of plans,” Thomas said.

There are currently one and a half hotels in Austinburg, Thomas said, including the Hampton Inn and a portion of an America’s Best Value Inn that is partially in Austinburg and Saybrook Townships.

The existing 60 rooms generate about $80,000 in bed tax revenue, Thomas said.

“We’re going to more than double our bed tax alone let alone the county and the influx of people,” Thomas said. “It’s my understanding the Fairfield Inn wants to target people who attend events at Spire as well as outdoors folks. They would like to connect to the Greenway Trail and have that be an extra ammenity of the hotel.”

The project would represent the sixth hotel overall in the Interstate 90 and Route 45 corridor, the majority of which

exists in Saybrook Township.

Austinburg Township Zoning Administrator John Beninato and representatives from Fairfield Inn could not be reached for comment. Zoning permits are good for a year and Thomas said officials expect construction to begin sometime in the spring.