Best Western Plus submits proposal to city for 60-unit, 3-story motel at Sixth and Main

After years of waiting and promises that went unfulfilled, Taft may finally be getting a new motel.

Taft City Councilman Orchel Krier broke the news at Tuesday night's Taft City Council meeting, and Planning Director Mike Waiczis confirmed that Best Western Plus has submitted an application for site site plan review for a three-story, 60-unit motel on the 600 block of Main Street (the southwest corner of Sixth and Main).

In fact, Waiczis had plans for the motel that he handed out to the council.

It's still in the preliminary planning stages, but Waiczis said the developers want to move as fast a possible.

"Time is money to them so they are going to try to get in on the ground as soon as possible," he told the council.

That could mean starting construction by August, Waiczis said.

If the project is completed, it will be a major step forward in developing the railroad property the city purchased several years ago.
"This is going to be one of those anchor projects for Rails to Trails, the Sunset Rails project," said Mayor Paul Linder.

The new Best Western isn't going in alone, Waiczis said.

A restaurant is probably going to go in with it.

"We're not naming names, but the plan is to have an adjacent restaurant," Waiczis told the council.