SOUTH HAVEN — Sometime this year, a new four-story hotel is expected to join the ranks of the four existing hotels that are located on Phoenix Road near Interstate 196 in South Haven Township.

South Haven Township planners this month put their stamp of approval on a site plan for a 76-room hotel to be built on 3.5 acres of property next to Honor Credit Union. Developer Amish Patel, who also owns Great Lakes Inn & Suites in South Haven Township and the Econolodge in Paw Paw, plans to brand the new hotel as a Holiday Inn Express and Suites.