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Holiday Inn project ongoing
FLORESVILLE -- Rumors have been circulating that efforts to build a Holiday Inn Express hotel near the intersection of U.S. 181 and Tiger Lane have hit a snag.
During a June 12 special meeting of the Floresville City Council, which was called to gather public input ahead of the city crafting its 2013 fiscal year budget, Floresville businessman Jim Miller asked whether it was true that the project was on hold because of “water-pressure issues.”
“That is not true,” said City Manager Andy Joslin.
Senior Project Manager Greg Senulis of San Antonio-based Moy Tarin Ramirez Engineers is overseeing the Holiday Inn Express’ construction. He said the proposed three-story, 80-room hotel -- which will be built at the location of the former Cow Camp Bar-B-Que on 10th Street (U.S. 181) -- currently is in the design phase.
“We’re proceeding with finishing the plans and trying to get it done,” Senulis said.
The Floresville Planning and Zoning Committee granted its conditional approval of the project’s plat May 16, because water flow tests and drainage studies were pending. Senulis said the flow test is standard, because the building will be equipped with a fire-sprinkler system.
Cyndi Nichols of Floresville’s permits office said the city abides by the standards of the International Fire Code, which requires that any newly constructed commercial hotel have a fire-sprinkler system. Requirements for minimum fire-flow and flow duration for buildings is based upon a chart, which considers the building’s square footage and the materials with which it is constructed.
For instance, the minimum flow required for a 60,000-square-foot building constructed of concrete and steel is 2,750 gallons per minute. The water system must be able to maintain this flow for at least two hours.
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