The proposed five-story, 113-room Residence Inn by Marriott, rejected by Coconut Creek’s Planning and Zoning Board, may go before the City Commission next month.
The proposed development at 6401 Lyons Road, which includes a 2-acre lake and 127,900 square feet of office and industrial space on three parcels totaling 20 acres, was rejected by Planning and Zoning Board members on June 27. The board rejected the site plan and recommended the zoning-change request, from industrial to planned commerce district, be rejected by the commission.
Scott Stoudenmire, deputy director of the city’s Sustainable Development Department, said the earliest the hotel could be voted on by commissioners would be Aug. 27. “But that’s really up to developers,” he said, adding that no plans have been submitted to the city since the Planning and Zoning Board rejected the project.
The land is owned by Food for the Poor which has its operations adjacent to the proposed site.
Originally, said Stoudenmire, developers had wanted to build a six-story hotel but reduced it to five stories when they went before the Planning and Zoning Board. Developers, he said, have since promised to drop the project down further to four stories. Stoudenmire said he expects the number of rooms to drop as well but doesn’t know for sure because developers have yet to submit plans. “We really don’t have anything to react to right now,” he said.
At that meeting, developers said they would reduce it to four stories but offered no specific details on how many units would be reduced or how the project would be altered.
Resident Patricia Lynch, who lives near the proposed development, promised a strong reaction from the community against the project. “We’re going to come out in force,” she said. “I don’t think a five-story building belongs there. Even a four-story hotel … people can see into people’s backyards and the surrounding communities.”
She also worries about increased traffic, loss of property values and that Lyons Road is transforming, for the worse, beyond its mostly residential character. “I just don’t want a hotel in our backyard.”
She said its emblematic of something lost in Coconut Creek.
“It was just a nice family place, and it just seems lately we’re bringing everything into the town.
“Personally, if I were looking for a home and saw that hotel, I wouldn’t want to live there,” she added. “It’s just becoming too big a city for me.”
A call to Food for the Poor’s representative, Boca Raton law firm Dunay, Miskel and Backman, was not returned by press time.
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