Rendering of the proposed Fairfield Inn & Suites on Amos Bridges Road in Sanford. | Britt, Peters & Associates Inc.

A South Carolina-based engineering firm has submitted a request to build a Fairfield Inn & Suites hotel on Amos Bridges Road, near the intersection of U.S. 1 and N.C. 15-501 in the north part of Sanford, The Rant has learned.

The four-story, 105-room Marriott hotel would sit across from The Oaks Apartments and would become the first lodging option for southbound U.S. 1 travelers as they enter Sanford. The land was purchased in 2014 by Washington, N.C.-based East Coast Hospitality LLC.

Britt, Peters & Associates Inc., a Greenville S.C. engineering firm, has submitted to the city a 16-page civil permit complete with site rendering, layout and plans for demolition, erosion control, utilities and landscaping. The plans have not been discussed in open meetings, but the detailed permit request and site plans suggest public discussions on the hotel are imminent.

The hotel, if approved, would become the second major addition to Sanford’s relatively quiet north side in the coming years. In January, the Sanford City Council unanimously approved the rezoning of 18 acres of land on Beechtree Drive (also near the 15-501 exit) for a potential 43,000-square-foot wellness center and 30,000-square-foot medical office building.

According to the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Traffic Survey Group, the estimated daily traffic volume on U.S. 1 in that area grew to 34,000 vehicles in 2015, up from 22,000 in 2002. The nearby U.S. 421 Bypass has an Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) of 25,000 vehicles. By comparison, N.C. 87 near WalMart on Sanford’s south side has an AADT of 22,000.

Have fun with the traffic map HERE.