New hotels to be built at Carolina Beach could be put on hold

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) -  The development group for a 90-room hotel to be built along the boardwalk in Carolina Beach asked town officials for a five year extension Monday.

Carolina Beach Land Holding Company originally had until January 2010 to start construction on the Fairfield Inn before the deal is called off, now they could have more time.

Carolina Beach resident Tonya Kirk said beginning construction on the hotel soon would be better in her opinion.

"People want to have a vacation," said Kirk.  "They want somewhere to stay, and they want it to be nice. They don't want to go to a little rinky dinky hotel. They want something luxurious and we don't have that."

Developers with another new hotel, the Hilton, have until March 2010 to begin construction in Carolina Beach.  Some town officials are suspect those developers will also ask for an extension.

I'm guessing they're going to ask for an extension too," said Senior Planner of Carolina Beach Ed Parvin.  "If they don't get financing then they'll come back and do the same thing that Fairfield is doing."

The zoning commission will discuss Fairfield Inn's extension next month, and the issue could go in front of town leaders in November.

Parvin said the extension for the Fairfield could go beyond five years.  He said a new senate bill puts a freeze on the time developers have to start projects.

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