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New Fairfield Inn Plans Reveal Sleeker Hotel for Convention Center Site

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A revised design for a Fairfield Inn & Suites, shown in this rendering, was submitted this week to the city's planning department.
A revised design for a Fairfield Inn & Suites, shown in this rendering, was submitted this week to the city's planning department.

Tulsa hotelier Andy Patel is moving forward with revised plans for his proposed Fairfield Inn & Suites following an agreement with the Urban Renewal Authority that gives him a second shot at building the first hotel in the area known as Core to Shore.

Patel, who is also working on plans for a hotel in Bricktown, bought a one-story warehouse at 5 SW 5 for $1.25 million in April 2014 when the city was attempting to acquire land south of the Myriad Gardens for the $283 million convention center. He cleared the site and completed designs that won accolades from the Downtown Design Review Committee. Then plans for the convention center changed.

Instead of just asking, backed up the power of eminent domain, to acquire the Patel property, Urban Renewal Director Cathy O'Connor started talks with Patel on how best to help him continue on a nearby site.

The deal approved in October by Urban Renewal Commissioners will sell Patel city-owned land at the southwest corner of SW 5 and E.K. Gaylord — immediately east of the new convention center site.

The development deal requires Patel to submit his plans again to the Downtown Design Review Committee and also present them for approval by the Urban Renewal Authority.

The revised designs keep the hotel at five stories, but the room count is increased from 112 to 133 rooms.

The plans submitted this week to the city planning department notes the hotel hopes to attract business travelers but also will be “ideal for travelers as well as any visitor wanting easy access to the Chesapeake Arena and new convention center.”

“Located in the ‘Core to Shore’ area of south downtown, the Fairfield project hopes to spur the revitalization of this area of south downtown, the Fairfield project hopes to help spur the revitalization of this area which is close to all the amenities of downtown but has yet to see the development boom of other downtown neighborhoods. Guests will have easy, pedestrian access to Chesapeake Arena, Bricktown, as well as the convention center and other business areas of downtown.”

The design is based on Marriott’s Fairfield prototype, but because it is mainly EIFS, the design team modified it to be more urban and incorporate standards in the downtown design ordinances. The building is designed to have a presence along both SW 4 and E.K. Gaylord, and also an entrance at the northwest corner for guests who may be accessing the property from the convention center.

LED lighting at the corners will also add life to the SW 4 and E.K. Gaylord façade.

The building façade will consist of metal panels, large format tile, stucco and glass. The hotel also will also feature LED accent light vertically and at the crown of the front façade.

The old design is shown below:

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A revised design for a Fairfield Inn & Suites, shown in this rendering, was submitted this week to the city's planning department.

A revised design for a Fairfield Inn & Suites, shown in this rendering, was submitted this week to the city's planning department.

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