Saber-rattling Target sole holdout on hotel parking

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When it comes to grievances about Keizer Station, parking availability rarely tops the list. However, Target is now the sole holdout preventing the construction of a new hotel in the area and its issue is parking. “The only reason Target has given for denying its approval is that they will not approve the amendment until they get an agreement on an amendment that contains their request of an additional 10,000 to 20,000 square feet of retail space,” said Mark O’Donnell, an attorney for Cheo Fong Tzeo, the owner of the property that has long been envisioned as a space for a hotel. At issue is a condition of an Operation and Easement Agreement (OEA) that would require the hotel to have 235 parking spaces. The language was adopted to cover the parking needed for retail space, but there were no exceptions made for a business as vastly different as a hotel. Even if there were space available to accommodate the sky-high parking requirement, Keizer city code would forbid it. City officials could only approve 120 parking spaces. Tzeo is only requesting 83 parking spaces, or a little more than one space per room in the hotel. To alter the OEA allowing for fewer parking spaces, Target, Lowe’s and Donahue Schriber Realty Group all have to sign off on the changes. Keizer Community...

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