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1609 East Franklin Street

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Special Use Permit and Zoning Atlas Amendment Applications

Update February 24, 2016 - The 2015 Zoning Atlas Amendment and Special Use Permit applications have been withdrawn by the applicant. The Town Manager and the Town Council have granted construction completion deadlines for the 2009 Special Use Permit (to construct a two-story office building). The new completion date is December 18, 2021. Please click here for these documents.

The Town has received a Special Use Permit (SUP) and Zoning Atlas Amendment (ZAA) applications from HPW Properties, LLC. to construct a mixed-use development on a 1.7-acre site at 1609 East Franklin Street. The Special Use Permit application proposes a 67,612 square foot building with 96 hotel rooms and 28 apartments along with 123 parking spaces. 

UPDATE: The Zoning Atlas Amendment application submitted on December 29, 2014, part of project #13-089 was withdrawn by the applicant on August 18, 2015. A new Zoning Atlas Amendment application and application fee was submitted by the applicant on August 27, 2015. This application has been assigned a new number: #15-080. 

Property Location: 1609 East Franklin Street

Project # SUP: 13-089  ZAA: 15-080

Property ID's: Orange County PINs 9799-04-7995 & 9799-04-6951

Proposed Floor Area: 67,612 square foot building with 123 parking spaces 

Zoning-existing: Community Commercial (CC)

Zoning-proposed: Mixed Use-Village (MU-V)


Review Schedule 

 Event      Date      Location and Time 
 Concept Plan Submittal      9-9-13  TBD 
 Community Design Commission, Concept Plan Review    11-20-13    Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor 
 Town Council, Concept Plan Review    1-22-14  Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor 
 ZAA and SUP Application (13-089)  12-29-14  NA
 Public Information Meeting  1-15-15    Town Hall, Planning Conference Room, 3rd Floor  
 Revised SUP Application (13-089)  2-23-15
 Environmental Stewardship*  6-9-15  2nd Floor Conference Room
 Housing Advisory Board*  6-9-15  1st Floor Conference Room
 Transportation and Connectivity*  6-23-15  1st Floor Conference Room
 Community Design Commission*  6-23-15  Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor
 Original ZAA Application Withdrawn (part of 13-089)  8-18-15  NA
 New ZAA Application Submitted (15-080)  8-27-15   NA
 Revised SUP Application Submitted (13-089)  8-27-15  NA
 Community Design Commission*  9-30-15  Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor
 Planning Commission  11-05-15   Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor  
 Town Council Public Hearing*  1-20-16  Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor  
 Town Council Business Meeting*  2-22-16  Town Hall, Council Chambers, 1st Floor

 * Meeting dates are tentative and subject to change. Please confirm that this project will be on the agenda before planning to attend a meeting -- see note at bottom of this page for instructions on how to do so. 

Please note: The property at 1609 East Franklin Street has an existing Special Use Permit approved in 2009. This new hotel proposal requires a new Special Use Permit and a rezoning. For more information about the previously approved project, here is the link to the existing Special Use Permit and Zoning Atlas Amendment. Please use this link to for a copy of the 2009 Special Use Permit , a letter referenced in Stipulation #37, and a set of the 2009 Approved Plans (these plans have not been revised to reflect changes made at the March 9, 2009 Council meeting)

Council Public Hearing and Council Business Meeting

Advisory Board Meetings

Revised SUP Submittal (#13-089) 10-23-15

New ZAA Application Submittal (#15-080)  8-27-15

Revised SUP Submittal (#13-089) 8-27-15

Revised SUP Application Submittal (#13-089) 2-23-15

SUP & ZAA Application Submittal (#13-089) 12-29-14 (ZAA portion of application withdrawn 8-18-15)

Concept Plan Review 9-9-13



Meeting dates are subject to change, please confirm that this item is on the agenda of the meeting you are planning on attending. Highlighted text above indicates a date revision has occurred. The Town Council's agenda can be confirmed on the Council Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Videos page and Advisory Board agendas can be confirmed on the Advisory Board Agendas & Minutes page. Agendas are typically posted the Friday before the meeting.


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