Officials seem cozy with the possibility of bringing a new hotel into the city.
A measure to rezone property located on North Chancery Street from residential to commercial was initially approved by McMinnville’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday night. Being an ordinance, a second approval is required.
The request to rezone comes from owner Bud Sharp, who has found a buyer for the property. However, the sale to Mike and Kevel Sheth is contingent on the zoning change so the father and son can move forward with plans that currently include construction of a hotel, banquet hall and restaurant.
The Sheths say they have already had preliminary talks with hotel chains about locating in McMinnville. They currently operate Best Western Tree City Inn on Sparta Street.
Community Development Department director Nolan Ming informed officials this residential land is surrounded by commercial property due to the previous owner not wanting to make the change with his neighbors.
“The city went through and rezoned all the properties on the street but the property owner chose not to rezone,” said Ming. “It’s currently owned by Bud Sharp and he’s requested it be rezoned from R-1 to C-2. It’s continuant with C-2 zoning and I don’t see any problems with it.”
McMinnville Regional Planning Commission unanimously approved the change and it was sent to elected officials for their consideration.
Ming was asked if any property owner has protested the change, to which he stated, “There were no property owners in attendance at the planning meeting and I’ve not heard any comments.”
The next regular session is Dec. 12.