The Ukiah Planning Commission Wednesday approved plans for a Holiday Inn Express for Airport Park Boulevard just south of Les Schwab Tire Center.
The applicant is Alpesh Jivan of NAM Hospitality of 555 S. Orchard Ave., who plans to build a 52,634-square-foot hotel with 92 rooms and four stories.
Much of the discussion at the commission’s Sept. 13 meeting focused on whether it wanted to require the applicant to add a crosswalk and wheelchair ramp that would connect with the neighboring shopping center, Park Falls Plaza.
Though only half of the proposed crosswalk would be part of the hotel property, the commission wondered if the applicant would still be willing to put in the full sidewalk and ramps on both sides, because the city could not at this point require the neighboring property owner to do so.
“I think there’s too much liability for us to build something on someone else’s property,” said project architect Mark Tiedemann. “We don’t mind putting in our side of the crosswalk and putting in our handicapped ramp, and if they want to meet it, that’s fine.”
The commission then agreed not to require that the applicant build something that wasn’t on their property, but most members wanted the applicant to at least approach the owner of Park Falls Plaza about the second half of the crosswalk.
The condition of approval was then changed to state:
“To facilitate a connection with Park Falls Plaza, an ADA ramp shall be provided on the subject property in alignment with the northerly public access easement, and in alignment with the westerly Park Falls breezeway. Prior to issuance of building permit, the…
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