The Des Moines city council has given the okay to developers to build a Hampton Inn & Suites on the Des Moines riverfront.
The vote was 6-1 to proceed after developer Ravi Patel addressed the council. Patel said he is confident that some “thin bricks” will give the city the kind of look they are seeking, while holding down the cost of using full brick material.
Patel was questioned as to what brand would be used on the hotel project and he assured the council he would be willing to add in the developers’ agreement that it would be one of three top national brands.
At Large Councilman Skip Moore praised Patel for making it “much more than a roadside hotel.” Moore encouraged Patel to consider making the first floor all full brick construction and use the thin bricks for the upper floors. Moore also encouraged the developer to hire union workers to do the project.
The development deal means another hotel will be built at a later date.