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Hotel eyes Sherwood for conference center

Sherwood may finally get the hotel that local business leaders have long coveted.

A development group has filed a land-use application to build a Comfort Suites Inn and conference center on Pacific Highway where Sherwood Tractor Rental now sits. The proposal calls for a 96-room hotel along with a conference center and restaurant.

Members of the Sherwood Chamber of Commerce and city staff have often said that a hotel would be good for the city.

"We're very supportive of a hotel and ideally a hotel with a conference center in it," Sherwood Community Development Director Rob Dixon said. "It's something we lack in the community and there's a tremendous demand for it."

Chamber of Commerce CEO Holli Robinson said the hotel is "just what Sherwood needs."

"Right now, the biggest space we have to meet is the Senior Center," she pointed out.

Robinson said the Sherwood chamber refers visitors who come in to town for Cruisin' Sherwood and other events to the King City and Tualatin chambers. Right now, the closest conference center is in Lake Oswego.

The commercial zoning on the site already allows for a hotel, city planner Julia Hajduk said.

There are still some issues with the hotel, including access. Plans currently show one access point on the Pacific Highway, though the city would likely require a second access point for emergency vehicles, Hajduk said.

The land-use application is a preliminary phase that is reviewed by staff, and eventually passed on the planning commission for approval.

The applicant is Sherwood Forest Development LLC, a Beaverton-based company.