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Candlewood Suites coming to Rostraver

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
Jim Ference | Trib Total Media
This is the site along Route 201 in Rostraver Township where a Candlwood Suites hotel is being planned for construction in 2015.

The Route 201 and Finley Road corridor in Rostraver Township has been a busy, successful retail strip for decades.

Now it is becoming a centerpiece for the local hotel market.

With a Hampton Inn and a Holiday Inn Express just a half-mile away, a new Candlewood Suites could be opening in the next year.

Jay Bandaru said his family plans to break ground in February for the Candlewood Suites along Route 201 in the Tri-County Plaza area of the township and open it by the end of 2015.

Bandaru said he previously purchased two houses neighboring the Burger King drive-through. The properties are zoned commercial.

The developers are in the permitting process currently.

Bandaru said the zoning was approved in August on the township level.

Having received approval from PennDOT, the family is preparing to submit the site plan this week to the township. The state Department of Environmental Protection is expected to sign off soon on the plan.

Candlewood Suites are owned by InterContinetal Hotels Group, the parent company for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Staybridge Suites, among others.

Candlewood Suites are nationally known as extended-stay hotels. Bandaru said the location was chosen because it is centrally located to service the Marcellus shale industry, covering Washington, Somerset, Greene and Fayette counties.

“These are areas where the gas companies have set up shop,” Bandaru said.

He said the Holiday Inn Express nearby is daily at capacity, serving the Marcellus shale industry as well.

“All of the hotels in that area are doing very well,” Bandaru said.

Bandaru is not new to the township or the hotel business, having opened the Holiday Inn in 2012.

Bandaru said the secret to the hotel's success includes location, the market and the growth of the Marcellus shale.

Like the Holiday Inn Express, the Candlewood Suites is expected to employ 12 to 15 people full-time. The Candlewood Suites will have 72 rooms on the 2.3-acre development. There are 70 rooms at the Holiday Inn Express, which covers 1.7 acres.

“We've created more employment and created more of a tax base,” Bandaru said. “Since we've built the Holiday Inn Express, other businesses have moved in. We've changed the whole dynamics of that area.”

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or