Sherwood’s first hotel within the city limits was the Hampton by Hilton Sherwood Portland, which opened in 2020
Sherwood could end up with a second hotel next to Langer’s entertainment center, as well as a new mini-warehouse.
The application calls for a 100-room hotel as well as a proposed air bridge connecting the hotel to the entertainment complex. The hotel would be located just east of the current entertainment center.
The name of the proposed hotel is still under consideration, according to Matt Langer.
Opened in 2019, the 54,000 square foot Langer Entertainment Center features a bowling alley, rock wall, arcade, high ropes course, laser tag and more.
Langer said that, like the entertainment market, the hotel market is weak at the moment, warning, “If this industry doesn’t come back, then this hotel will disappear, even though we’ve been through the process.”
Hampton by Hilton Sherwood Portland was the first hotel to come to Sherwood, opening in July 2020.
The Hotel de Langer land use application also includes plans for the construction of a 690-unit self-storage building on two adjacent lots.
“Immediately to the north of this building (hotel), also in the same application, is a three-story mini-warehouse and a 110,000 square foot light industrial flex building,” he said.
The planning commission will consider whether to approve the land use application for the hotel on June 28.
Langer said COVID-19 had wreaked havoc on the entertainment industry and his business was no exception. He told Pamplin Media Group that he didn’t even get federal relief money, like many business owners, because of how the Internal Revenue Service classifies his family assets.
Langer blames Oregon politicians and their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic for some of the industry’s woes now, saying that when he traveled to other states during the pandemic, he discovered that “hotels were booming because people were vacationing in other states rather than states like Oregon which shut it all down.”
Langer said the property immediately east of the Langer Entertainment Center is still set aside for a 40,000 square foot indoor track designed for high-speed electric go-karts.
Langer is so focused on building the go-kart track correctly that he plans to travel with his wife, Nikki, to Italy in October to visit several of the country’s tracks to get ideas for designs he could use for its Sherwood track.
Once that’s done, it should be easy to get permits and complete the circuit, he said.
“We’re going to prep everything. We’re going to design everything,” Langer said. “Then we’ll assess the economic/political climate at that time in Oregon and decide whether or not to go ahead and build it or not, but we’re not stopping all design work.”
In a separate activity, the Langers’ plans for a major modification near a proposed Sentinel storage complex are temporarily on hold, pending an appeal.
Langer said those plans call for the replacement of an RV awning site in an existing self-storage development with a three-story, 75,000-square-foot storage building on the south side of the entertainment center. This building would contain 575 storage units.
Jim and Susan Claus appealed the tentative decision to approve the addition.
Sherwood City Council will hear the appeal on July 19.
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