Friendswood residents claim small victory in hotel fight

August 19, 2010 8:11:21 PM PDT
The Friendswood City Council voted down on Thursday a plan to build a hotel next to a residential neighborhood. The Sleep Inn Motel would have been built near the intersection of Farm Road 528 and San Joaquin.

About 100 people attended Thursday's city planning and zoning meeting, and many spoke out against the proposal.

Eventually, the panel voted against the land owner, who wanted to build the hotel behind a neighborhood and near a school.

Residents worried about child safety, and a drop in property values.

"It's a step in the right direction," Friendswood resident Jackie Gibson said. "It's not over yet; this just means he's got more time to submit another site plan, but it's a small victory."

The land owner did not attend Thursday's meeting, and can resubmit a site plan in 90 days.