BOSTON HEIGHTS — Although the first step of a plan to redevelop the Norwood Inn site has been approved, the developer said he and his associates are trying to determine whether they want to proceed with the project.
The planning commission on Feb. 13 voted 3-2 to recommend rezoning land for the project from Hines Hill Corridor Overlay, Mixed Use General Sub District, to Hines Hill Corridor Overlay, Village Center District.
Village Council would ultimately have to approve the rezoning.
"Village Center District should incorporate a mixture of small and medium sized commercial and office uses, residential units, and retail uses, including shopping and dining, within a short walking distance of each other," said Mayor Bill Goncy.
The rezoning was favored by commission chairman John Codrea, and members Robert Campbell and Mike Bush. Goncy and commission member Ron Antal voted against the rezoning. When asked, Goncy declined to comment on why he voted against the rezoning.
Crown Property Holdings LLC (dba Tapestry Companies) and Bevan Properties Inc. want to build 76 apartment units and 14 townhomes at the Norwood Inn site at 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway and two 8,000-square-foot office buildings on an adjacent property at 6555 Dean Memorial Parkway. Thomas LaSalle, chair and principal of Tapestry, said plans are to tear down a substantial part of the motel, removing the common area and pool and building a park area and community building.
Due to the planning commission’s split vote, Jack Brandt, principal of Tapestry Companies LLC., said his firm is discussing the issue internally to try to determine whether there is "sufficient support" to continue pursuing the project. Discussions are also occurring with village officials.
"We would hope we would make a decision [on moving forward with the project] soon," said Brandt on Feb. 19. "We believe it’s a great location…we would love to continue [with the plan]."
He added he felt his company was presenting a "viable alternative for the village to consider."
The Norwood Inn closed in October. Goncy said the motel manager informed the village in October that the motel would close for six months for a "reorganization."
Ted Lesiak, attorney for Tapestry, in January said "it’s a unique situation because of the disadvantaged property we’re talking about." At that time, he noted a total of $394,337 in property taxes and assessments were owed on the motel parcel.
Brandt noted that if the project gets the green light, Tapestry would purchase the land and pay all of the property taxes that are owed.
If Tapestry decides to go forward with the project, Goncy said the proposed rezoning would go to village council for "further consideration." He noted council needs to first host a public hearing, which has not yet been scheduled.
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