On October 10, 2017, the Historic Preservation Board reviewed the Preliminary Evaluation and Recommendation Report, and directed staff to prepare a Formal Designation Report for the International Inn Historic Site.
Pursuant to Section 118-591 of the City Code, on October 12, 2017 the City Commission was advised of the action of the Historic Preservation Board via LTC 488-2017.
The Historic Preservation Board is scheduled to hear the Designation Report on September 17, 2018. Under the Land Development Regulations, the Planning Department is required to prepare and present the Designation Report for consideration by the Historic Preservation Board within one year from the date the Board instructed staff to prepare the report. October 9, 2018 will be a year.
The request to designate is currently an involuntary designation, as the International Inn, has placed the City on notice of its concerns with designation. The Inn’s counsel has reached out to propose a settlement so that the designation may move forward. The Inn’s counsel has indicated that his client would agree not to object to or contest (including through litigation) the historic designation of the International Inn under the following conditions:
1. The City Code (and the Comp Plan, if applicable) would be amended to provide that individually designated historic sites in RM-1 zoning districts would have the following specific regulations applicable to them:
a. Height limit 8 stories;
b. Hotels allowed as permitted use, along with restaurants and bars as accessory uses;
c. Distance separation requirement between alcohol establishments and schools and religious institutions would not apply;
d. Reduced parking requirement; and
e. Reduced unit sizes.
2. The City Commission would not vote on the historic designation until the above amendments tot he City Code (and Comp Plan, if applicable) are final and non-appealable.
I am referring this matter to Land Use and Development Committee for further discussion. In no way does my referral indicate, at this time, my support for this proposal. Rather, I think it is appropriate to move this along to the Committee for further discussion, as well as public comment.
Should you have any questions or concerns please contact Erick Chiroles at 305-673-7030 at extension 6274.