Gilman Super 8 motel planned
Gilman Super 8 motel planned GILMAN - A Super 8 motel is planned for Gilman, to be developed by two Champaign-area motel owners. The two-story structure will have 50 rooms. Gilman has several attractive features, said Charles Patel, owner of the Best Western Paradise Motel south of Champaign. Patel and Mike Desai, owner of the Courtesy Motel, Urbana, will build the motel. There was land available in Gilman, the city had no national chain motel, and traffic, at the intersection of Illinois 24 and 45, and with Interstate 57 nearby, is good, Patel said. In addition, he said, city officials were enthusiastic. Construction is expected to begin in about six weeks, said Mayor George Phillippo, with a planned spring completion. Initial planning for development of a 75-acre industrial park announced this spring is expected to go to the council next month, Phillippo said.