Updated: 08/19/2014 11:07 PM
Created: 08/19/2014 11:05 PM WDIO.com
A unanimous vote from the Superior City Council Tuesday night cleared a major hurdle for a proposed waterfront hotel between Perkins and the Richard I Bong Historical Center on Highway 53.
"This was the final approval by the City Council and the mayor to put in place the special district necessary for us to build this beautiful motel," said Ken Goldfine, president and CEO of ZMC Hotels -- the company behind the new Hampton-affiliated project.
The vote comes after about six months and several planning meetings with the City of Superior, according to Goldfine.
But not everyone is pleased about the new 80-room hotel going up on the bay-side of Lake Superior. Some worry about the view that will be lost, especially for travelling tourists getting a first impression of the Twin Ports.
"They aren't going to get to see Lake Superior anymore. They're not going to get to see the bay. They're going to get to see the Hampton Inn...that's a shame," said one resident speaking before the Council.
Goldfine says that wasn't their intention.
"This is the area of the City of Superior that's been designated for industrial, and commercial, and retail development," he said. "We're not going into a residential neighborhood. We're developing a hotel on the main highway going through Superior."
Goldfine says he hopes to start some construction before the winter season. He hopes the hotel will be open by the next Grandma's Marathon.
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