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Posted: Wednesday, January 7, 2009 10:17 pm | Updated: 2:26 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Two four-story hotels could soon begin rising at the Chandler Boulevard and McClintock Drive intersection to meet the demand created by corporate travelers to the nearby Price Road technology corridor.

Plans call for 2 more Chandler hotels

Chandler's Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to consider approving development plans for a Staybridge Suites and a Holiday Inn Express on a 14.5-acre site on the intersection's northeast corner.

Kimberly Janes, city tourism development coordinator, said hotels catering to business travelers are moving into the area as it continues to attract technology firms and other large manufacturers.

"Most of the hotel development you're seeing there is focused on the corporate market," Janes said. "It seems like we're seeing a lot of hotel development mirroring office industrial development."

Christine Mackay, city economic development director, said about 15 percent of the typical city's manufacturing base is devoted to technology, but in Chandler, it's 75 percent. The sector continues to remain robust in the city, she said.

"It's very healthy and still going strong," Mackay said.

Janes said hotel chains have noticed.

"Each hotel is doing feasibility studies," she said. "They see there is a demand for rooms."

The site's other advantages include proximity to Loops 101 and 202 and Interstate 10, and to areas with shops and restaurants, such as the Chandler Fashion Center, Janes said. It also has immediate access to two major roadways, McClintock Road and Chandler Boulevard.

"Folks are looking for an easy way to get around while they're visiting," she said.

Also, the 94-acre Chandler Corporate Center project is now under construction next door, on the other side of McClintock.

Erik Swanson, city planner, said the site's maximum building height is about 45 feet, and the hotels will rise to about that height. Once the projects get the city's final approval, construction could take 18 months, he said.

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