Proposals to build a six-storey hotel and a 321-unit residential subdivision on adjacent lots in Owen Sound will be heard at a public meeting April 1.
City council received technical reports from staff on planning applications for the two developments Monday night and directed the city clerk to prepare for the public meetings.
“Both are applications under the Planning Act, so one is a zoning bylaw amendment for the hotel development and the second is a residential development and it’s an official plan amendment, zoning and draft plan of subdivision,” community services director Pam Coulter said in an interview.
“These are mandated public meetings, so we will be looking for any thoughts or questions or comments the public has.”
Legacy Hospitality Management & Development Inc. is planning to build the 100-room, 7,165-square-metre TownePlace Suites by Marriott hotel and conference centre as well as a two-storey, 2,400-square-metre commercial/office building on an L-shaped lot at 1200 16th Ave. E., which is across the street from Seasons Retirement Community.
The zoning bylaw amendment, if approved, would increase from 18 to 23 metres the permitted maximum height for the hotel as well as reduce certain setback and parking space requirements.
Arif Ismail of Legacy Hospitality first announced plans for a $14-million hotel and conference centre, which is to include a swimming pool, fitness centre and meeting rooms, in 2013.
On Monday, he said the current plan is to begin construction this summer. It will take about 16 to 24 months to finish the two buildings.
Legacy Hospitality has built several hotels in southern Ontario, including the three-year-old Towneplace Suites by Marriott in Kincardine. The Owen Sound hotel will be marketed primarily for extended stays.
City hall has received a site plan for the proposed Owen Sound hotel development, but a staff report to council says approval of the plan will not happen until after the zoning bylaw amendment is in place.
“I know there’s a lot of people, sports groups et cetera, that are looking forward to seeing a new hotel built,” Mayor Ian Boddy said during Monday’s meeting.
Owen Sound-based Andpet Realty is planning to build its 321-unit residential subdivision on a 17-acre property behind the Legacy Hospitality site.
Developer Peter Van Dolder told The Sun Times Friday that he hopes servicing work for the development will begin soon and that the foundation work for the homes will start in September.
The subdivision is to include a 120-unit retirement residence and three 40-unit apartment buildings along with 54 semidetached homes and 27 townhouse units.
The official plan amendment application requests re-designating portions of the property as residential high density and residential medium density, while the zoning amendment application proposes changing some of the property to medium density residential.
The site plan for the development calls for the construction of a road in the subdivision to connect 16th Avenue and 14th Avenue East.
Following the public meetings on the hotel and subdivision proposals, the city will review comments received from the public and agencies and staff will prepare a report to council with staff recommendations on the applications.