Rezoning request lodged for Minnesota extended stay hotel

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US: Duluth-based Detroit Lender LLC is seeking a rezoning of a property in Oakwood to enable it to develop a five-storey, 87-key Candlewood Suites.

Oakwood City Council voted in February to deny rezoning for the hotel at 3783 Mundy Mill Drive, saying the project didn’t fit the comprehensive land-use plan’s “character area,” or vision for how an area could develop.

But on August 10, Oakwood City Council agreed to Detroit Lender LLC’s request to change the area including the proposed hotel site on the land-use plan from residential to commercial, opening the hotel project.

The planning board recommended approval of the project in two votes – rezoning the 1.48-acre site to highway business and allowing the extended-stay hotel as a special use for the property.

A measure passed by the city in June allows extended stay hotels, but with restrictions, including that lodging in a room would be allowed for up to 15 consecutive days and a total of 30 days during a 180-day period. Those restrictions have some exceptions, including insurance proof showing a person or persons have been displaced from their home because of disaster, such as fire.

 

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