The partial razing of a motel at the northwest corner of Interstate 40 and Harrison is making way for new development, once City Commissioners approve rezone and preliminary plat requests.

The partial razing of a motel at the northwest corner of Interstate 40 and Harrison is making way for new development, once City Commissioners approve rezone and preliminary plat requests.

According to a staff report by Community Development Director Justin DeBruin, the applicant, Mr. Nilesh Patel, owner of approximately 4.5 Acres of property at 4900 N. Harrison St. requested a rezone from C-3 (Highway Commercial) to a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to add more commercial development.

“As the Quality Inn Motel occupies the one existing lot, the intent is to create an additional lot, at approximately 2.33 acres in size to facilitate three additional commercial structures,” DeBruin said. “The two proposed lots will maintain common access, per a reciprocal access easement recorded by the County.”

Though the underlying zoning for the subject PUD will remain C-3, he said the PUD provides a vehicle for negotiating modifications in standard development requirements to encourage innovative development and protect the health, safety and welfare of the community.

The goal of the PUD is to allow the existing Quality Inn Motel to continue operation and to provide upscale retail shopping, personal service businesses, restaurants and other businesses.

The property has 663 feet of frontage along Harrison, which will serve as the arterial road access to the site.

The two existing private drives will be shared by the Quality Inn Motel and Shawnee Retail Center.

The Planning Commission deferred the rezone and preliminary plat requests to its April 4 meeting, so the items also were deferred by City Commissioners to be heard at their April 16 meeting.

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