Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A High Rise Hotel in Belle Isle? Community Meeting TONIGHT! [UPDATE]

I just received word from two separate readers of a notice that went out only to property owners on the south side of Trentwood Boulevard. Not only was this notice just received by residents over the last few days, and only by a few affected Belle Isle residents, but the notice was distributed in a colored envelope that appeared to many recipients to be a regular "junk mail" ready for the recycle bin. Furthermore, the notice was not posted on the City website, nor is this meeting listed on the City calendar.

According to the notice, there will be a “community meeting” tonight (Tuesday, January 27) to discuss a variance from a height of 35 feet to 50 feet for a hotel to be built at 2635 McCoy Road. The meeting will to take place at 5:30 p.m. in Belle Isle City Hall, apparently in advance of the regularly-scheduled Planning and Zoning meeting set for 6:30 p.m.

I have been informed that several residents plan to attend this meeting to object to the building of a hotel which will destroy local homeowners' privacy expectations by providing hotel guests with an open view of their private back yards.

Please be at City Hall tonight, Tuesday January 27, at 5:30 p.m. if you want to have a say in this developer's high rise hotel plans. And don't forget about the workshop meeting coming up tomorrow (Wednesday) at 9:00 a.m.

UPDATE:  Although it is listed on the City calendar, Commissioner Readey informs me that there is no regular Planning and Zoning Board meeting tonight at 6:30 because there are no outstanding variance requests for P & Z to review. The 5:30 p.m. "community meeting" regarding the proposed high rise will take place as scheduled. Hope to see you there!

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