- Associated Press - Saturday, May 17, 2014

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Documents filed with the city of Fairbanks show plans for a four-story extended-stay hotel in in the rapidly growing business district along the Johansen Expressway.

Candlewood Suites plans to add the 103-room hotel on a two-acre site. City building plans examiner Stephen Anderson says Candlewood began seeking contractors for the project about a month ago.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/VjDW8e ) the 60,000-square foot building would be a block away from the Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express hotels. Those buildings have each gone up in the past five years.

Explore Fairbanks, which promotes tourism, said there are more than 3,500 rooms available among hotels, lodges and bed and breakfasts.

Deb Hickok, the president of Explore Fairbanks, said those rooms don’t fill up even during the height of the tourist season. But, she noted, Candlewood Suites fills a different niche because it caters to long-term and short-term residents.

“They’re branded as an extended-stay,” she said. “They do take some of the same visitors, but it is a different brand.”

A detailed schematic for the building was submitted in February to make sure it complied with the city’s building code, Anderson said. After officials from the Building Department gave their feedback, a revised set of plans arrived Thursday.

The code issues appear to have been resolved, he said. If the city goes ahead with its approval, construction could start this year.

“It’s looking like a pretty serious plan at this point,” Anderson said.

Candlewood Suites’ corporate office is in Atlanta. Its normal business hours are from Monday to Friday, and a corporate representative could not be reached Saturday.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com