New hotel proposed on corridor

Another hotel may be built along Fifth Avenue South in Fort Dodge in the near future.

The hotel would be located near the intersection of Fifth Avenue South and Kirkberg Boulevard where a vacant restaurant building now stands.

Members of the city’s Plan and Zoning Commission learned of the proposal Tuesday while reviewing a list of projects eligible for tax increment financing assistance because they are located in urban renewal areas. Few details of the plan were available at that meeting.

Documents presented to the commission list the project’s developers as Bret and Deb Harklau, of Humboldt. A phone call seeking comment from them was not immediately returned Tuesday night.

The restaurant building would be demolished and the area prepared for new construction by July, according to information presented to the commission.

The city would commit a maximum of $60,000 worth of tax increment financing assistance to the project to help pay for site preparations.

The restaurant building was constructed in 1979 and was the first home of Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Fort Dodge. A handful of other eateries later occupied the site. The Hong Kong Buffet was the last one there.

The proposed hotel would be the second new lodging establishment built along Fifth Avenue South recently. Construction of a Holiday Inn Express & Suites is underway on South 31st Street near Fifth Avenue South. That hotel will have 85 rooms and employ 30 people. It is owned by Fort Dodge Lodging Group, which is part of Lamont Cos. of Aberdeen, S.D.