Avid Hotel

This is an example of the Avid Hotel brand, from the InterContinental Hotels Group website, and is not a specific rendition of the Lincoln Highway plan.

Knights Inn, a 65-room hotel near Lancaster Mennonite High School on Lincoln Highway East, will be razed to make way for a larger hotel if a zoning application is approved in East Lampeter Township.

The hotel at 2151 Lincoln Highway East is one of six properties included in the application.

The Cigarette Outlet and Vapor Lounge at 2141 Lincoln Highway East, two mobile homes and a single-family dwelling on Harvest Road also would be demolished, the plan states.

The zoning hearing board will review the plan at 7 p.m. Thursday, according to zoning officer Tara Hitchens.

If approved, the larger tract would be occupied by a four-story, 90-room Avid Hotel, according to a spokesman for Destiny Builders and Management LLC of 3738 Kennel Ave., Columbia.

The plan also includes a 5,200-square-foot retail space. No tenants have been identified for the site, the spokesman said Tuesday.

Avid was unveiled by the InterContinental Hotels Group last September as a new “midscale hotel brand,” according to the company website. IHG brands include Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, Staybridge Suites and Crowne Plaza.

The Destiny spokesman, who declined to give his name, said Avid offers smaller rooms but a bigger lobby and more open areas for people to work and gather.

The hotel will include an indoor pool and fitness area, he said. A cost for the project has not been determined.

They expect to employ about 10 people at Avid, up from five at Knights Inn.

They hope to break ground by October, he said, although that may be delayed to next spring.

Destiny has owned the Knights Inn for nearly 30 years, he said. They decided to tear down the building and start fresh because the “existing box” style of hotel is obsolete, he explained.

“It doesn’t have the amenities that people expect,” he said. “Renovating that property ... wouldn’t have been feasible.”

Developers have asked to rezone two of the six tracts from high-density residential to general commercial. The application includes four variance requests dealing with setbacks, easements and wall heights.