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MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — The city initially approved site plans for a Tru by Hilton hotel in 2018, with an expected opening in 2019. Then, as planning for the project progressed, the COVID-19 pandemic hit , causing nationwide work and travel stoppages and disrupting supply chains.

The Middleburg Heights Planning Commission recently extended its approval of the hotel’s final site plan for 17500 Rosbough Drive. No hotel representative was present at the May 25 meeting.

After breaking the ground, architect Dan Barney of Arcinetics said in 2018 that it would take 10 months to construct the building. The Tru hotel concept offers a lower than average rate and smaller rooms.

“This is one of those cases of form versus substance,” Myra Staresina Severyn, deputy legal director for Middleburg Heights, told the commission May 25. “We usually want and require a candidate to explain a project. (In this case) there is nothing (new) to explain, per se.

City Engineer Michael Mackay of Mackay Engineering noted some minor stormwater design issues four years ago, so commission member Eric Smearman asked if Mackay was happy with the final plan.

“There are a few outstanding comments in my 2018 memo, but they’re not major items,” Mackay replied. “They’ve complied with almost everything, and there are a few final details they need to iron out.

“From a technical standpoint, they are largely in pretty good shape with their plan.”

Economic development Director Charles Bichara said company representatives have been “very responsive” in working out variances and miscellaneous items with Building Commissioner Norm Herwerden and other city officials.

Approval from the May 25 panel was granted on the condition that Mackay’s previous stormwater design recommendations be considered.

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