Will Sebastopol reach hotel overload?
Architects for a proposed 60-room hotel in the Barlow heard from the planning commission and public last week, receiving mixed feedback and instructions to conduct community outreach before returning for its first public hearing.
Last Tuesday, the planning commission indicated they are hesitant to approve another lodging before Hotel Sebastopol is operating, saying approval may be another step toward creating a tourism-centric local economy.
The hotel, proposed for 6790 McKinley St., involves replacing the existing foundry building with lodging priced higher than the city’s current hotels but lower than the $350 to $400 rooms expected at the already approved Hotel Sebastopol. It comes from Palisades Hospitality Group of San Rafael, which operates the El Dorado Hotel in Sonoma and the North Block Hotel in Yountville.
The hotel’s proposed amenities include a lobby and reception area, restaurant, public and private dining spaces, meeting room and private courtyard. It is designed to consist of four inside stories plus a rooftop deck, lounge, bar and trellis that will reach 58 feet high, creating a high-density building effectively five stories tall. The proposal exceeds the permitted height in the Barlow, which is three stories and 40 feet. The applicant is seeking a zoning code change that would rezone the property to Downtown Core District, which allows for four stories and 50 feet in height.
Clearing up confusion, the hotel applicants reassured the planning commission that this proposal is…
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