Planning is underway to bring a new hotel to downtown Rutland.
The development review board in the Vermont city is expected to consider next week a preliminary design for the hotel, but no decisions will be made at the meeting on whether to move forward with the project.
The Williston-based contractor DEW hopes to build the $20 million hotel on the site occupied by the former Rutland Herald building and an area known locally as the Pit. DEW's Peter Kelley says the 60,000-square-foot hotel would have 100-to-120 rooms and additional conference rooms.
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The Pit was once the site of hotel that was destroyed by fire in 1973.
Kelley says that if all goes well the hotel could open in about two years.