Corner of Magnolia Avenue and Wright Street

At its planned video-conference meeting on May 14, the Auburn Planning Commission will consider a conditional-use request for a project that is set to bring a five-story hotel to downtown Auburn. 

The project, called Graduate Auburn in site plans submitted to the Planning Department, consists of a five-story hotel with 177 rooms and a 6,250 square-foot conference room. The proposed building is roughly 67 feet tall at the parapet. The hotel would be located on the corner of West Magnolia Avenue and Wright Street, where Anders Bookstore currently resides. 

Headquartered in Chicago, Graduate Hotels builds trendy projects that reflect "the heritage and history" unique to each college town. 

Currently, Graduate Hotels has 27 hotels in its portfolio in college towns. Hotel locations include Ann Arbor, Michigan; Athens, Georgia; Oxford, Mississippi; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Eugene, Oregon, among others. 

The company also has seven other hotel projects listed as "coming soon" on its website. 

For more information on Graduate Hotels, go to their website at 

A representative of Graduate Hotels declined to comment at this time. 

"We do have a fairly significant development downtown, which is a new hotel proposed," said Planning Director Forrest Cotten while previewing the commission agenda on NewsTalk WANI's "Auburn/Opelika This Morning" show on Monday. "That is a flagship hotel development."

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders, whose family owns the property, said he is not involved in the proposed project and will recuse himself from any item related to it that comes before the City Council. 

The Planning Commission will meet via videoconference at 5 p.m. on May 14. The meeting will be livestreamed at 

The earliest the City Council could consider the conditional use for the hotel is at its May 19 meeting.

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