Plans for new hotel near Jaggard Street available for review

Land development plans for a new hotel at Valley View Boulevard, near Jaggard Street, will be up for review today before the Blair County Planning Commission.

Plans for the four-story, 72-room Microtel Inn & Suites were submitted to Altoona in mid-May and forwarded to the county planning commission for review and comment. The project’s developer, Jaggard Street Realty Limited Liability Corp., is proposing to build the hotel on a 2.47-acre tract of land that was rezoned in 2011 from residential to highway business.

The vacant site, which borders a residential area, was previously slated for a medical center and mixed-used office building.

The planning commission’s meeting starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Devorris Center for Business Development, 3900 Industrial Park Drive, also known as the headquarters of the Altoona-Blair County Development Corp.

After reviewing the project in relation to Blair County’s comprehensive plan, the commission generally forwards comments for consideration by municipal leaders.

The planning commission’s meeting is open to the public, and time is set aside for public comment.