The mayor said he believes three factors contributed to the plan's rejection.
"There was personal preferences of residents, which I can understand, but [it was] also partially due to some propaganda and, I'm afraid, some politics," Straub said.
The two hotels would have been five stories tall. The Plan Commission meeting on Aug. 5 was held in front of an "overflowing crowd," in Straub's words, of residents, many of whom made public comments against the development according to The Doings.
Straub said he plans to release a separate YouTube address this week to further discuss the topic.
"We really do need to start working together towards a common vision," the mayor said.