Developer eyes second hotel for Sherwood
Sherwood could find itself with a second hotel next to Langer's Entertainment Center, along with a new mini-storage facility.
The application calls for a 100-room hotel along with a proposed skybridge connecting the hotel to the entertainment complex. The hotel would be located just east of the current entertainment center.
The name of the proposed hotel is still under consideration, according to Matt Langer.
Opened in 2019, the 54,000-square-foot Langer's Entertainment Center features bowling, a rock wall, arcade, high ropes course, laser tag and more.
Langer said like the entertainment market, the hotel market is soft at the moment, warning: "If that industry doesn't come back, then that hotel will go away, even though we went through the process."
Hampton by Hilton Sherwood Portland was the first hotel to locate in Sherwood, opening its doors in July 2020.
Langer's hotel land-use application also includes plans to construct a 690-unit self-storage building on two adjacent lots.
"Immediately north of that (hotel) building, also in the same application, is a three-story, 110,000-square-foot, mini storage and light industrial flex building," he said.
The planning commission will consider whether to approve the land-use application for the hotel on June 28.
Langer said COVID-19 wreaked havoc on the entertainment sector, and his business was no exception. He told Pamplin Media Group he didn't even receive any federal relief money, like many business owners did, because of how the Internal Revenue Service classifies his family holdings.
Langer blames Oregon politicians and the way they handled the COVID-19 pandemic for some of the industry's woes now, saying when he traveled to other states during the pandemic, he found "hotels were booming because people were vacationing in other states rather than states like Oregon that shut everything down."
Langer said property immediately east of Langer's Entertainment Center is still earmarked for a 40,000-square-foot covered track designed for high-speed, electric go-carts.
So focused is Langer on getting the go-cart track correctly built that he plans to travel with his wife, Nikki, to Italy in October to tour several of that country's tracks to get ideas on designs he might use for his Sherwood track.
Once that is complete, it should be easy to pull permits and finish the racetrack, he said.
"We'll get everything ready. We'll get everything designed," said Langer. "Then we'll evaluate the economic/political climate at that moment in Oregon and decide whether or not to go ahead and build it or not, but we're not stopping all the design stuff."
In separate activity, the Langers' plans for a nearby major modification to a proposed Sentinel Storage complex are temporarily on hold, pending an appeal.
Langer said those plans call for replacing a recreational vehicle canopy site in an existing self-storage development with a 75,000-square-foot, three-story storage building on the south side of the entertainment center. That building would contain 575 storage units.
Jim and Susan Claus have appealed the provisional decision to approve the addition.
The Sherwood City Council will hear the appeal on July 19.
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