Questions and Answers about the Town of Lyons codes or regulations for new business construction
QUESTIONS SUBMITTED TO THE TOWN ADMINISTRATOR by the Lyons Recorder about the proposed new hotel on Main Street.
ANSWERS provided by: Philip Strom, LEED Green Associates, Interim Town Planner.
1. is there something in the Town’s regulations that state how many parking spaces a store is required to provide (e.g., they are proposing 79 rooms)
Yes, the Lyons Municipal Code includes minimum requirements for off-street parking based on the use, for a hotel use the requirement is one space per guest bedroom.
2. is there something in the Town’s regulations that state how many stories tall a building can be (e.g. they are proposing 3 stories)
The Lyons Municipal Code limits building heights based on the zoning district they are located in; the Commercial Downtown Zoning District allows a maximum height of 40 feet and the proposed building meets this requirement.
3. Would it be up to town officials to declare these numbers, or would it be open for “town hall discussions with the public”
The Lyons Municipal Code requirements are locked-in with the submission of the developers Development Plan and cannot be changed for this project.
4. Who/what department/commission/board have the plans been submitted to.
And, do you have any idea how long this normally takes… like 6 months… a year? I know it’s a case-by-case basis, but any estimate would be helpful.
The developer has submitted a Development Plan to the Planning and Community Development Department for review. The Development Plan Review will include public hearings and should be completed in 3-6 months. The duration of this process is mostly dependent on the developer providing the appropriate information to the Planning and Community Development Commission and Board of Trustees in order to determine the benefits and impacts of the project.
Additional Images from Open House presentation
EDITOR’S NOTES: To see the initial investigative report on this project, go to ARTICLE. Note, it is the intention of the Lyons Recorder to present all the facts and information available to us at this time, and not just state the owner’s presentation of facts, but to ask deeper questions and provide background information, such as the significance of Lyons sandstone, and using it on the facade of the building, and the history of the old hotel building.
Following up on comments in the previous article about sandstone not being used on the building — After obtaining copies of the set of drawings, it indicated the exterior materials. It noted that there will be some decorative portions that will use Lyons sandstone “plaster” (eg: window sills and the capitals at the top of columns). The façade will be red brick, and light-colored brick.
We also noted in the various drawings that the land slopes downward, from Main Street to Broadway, and the back half of the building has 2-1/2 stories, not three.
COMMENTS: E J Meade wrote a comment on the original article two weeks after the original article came out, and most readers will not have seen it; and, it is relevant to this report, so we are adding it here: “Please note that the current design is not done by our firm, Arch11, or myself. We did propose a much smaller hotel (13 rooms), authentic to place and sensitive to the historic structure. The current owner group opted for another design team and our fees remain outstanding.“