Day: July 27, 2016

Hotel faces parking problem

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A planned hotel in Keizer Station already has parking problems, and construction hasn’t even officially begun. Nate Brown, Keizer’s community development director, told members of the Keizer Planning Commission obstacles appear to be dissolving, but that conflicts between Keizer development code and a Operations and Easement Agreement (OEA) drafted by the the property owners recently threatened to stall the project. Once the city completed a development review of the Holiday Inn Express Project, owner Cheo Tzeo had planned to pay a fee to expedite the project through the Marion County review process. Unfortunately, the planner tasked with reviewing such proposals was on a long vacation and it held up the process. In the interim, representatives of Donhue Schriber, the owners of several Keizer Station area properties sent a letter to Tzeo stating his plans did not meet the parking requirements of the OEA and his application to construct the hotel on the property was being denied. At issue was the number of parking spaces required. “[According to OEA], businesses need to provide 4.75 parking spaces for every 1,000 square feet of space. Keizer development code requires one parking unit for every room,” Brown said. By the standards of the OEA, the hotel would be required to have 242 parking spaces, while the city would only require 80. The submitted plans for the...

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