A Raleigh developer has withdrawn zoning plans – temporarily – for a seven-story hotel at 1609 E. Franklin St., according to a town staff report.
Developer Coldwell Banker HPW Commercial wants to build the 96-room hotel with 28 executive apartments and 123 parking spaces on 1.7 acres near Elliott Road. The apartments would be rented for a minimum 30-day stay to mostly business and university travelers, project officials said.
Neighbors of the site have strongly opposed the hotel, saying it would be out of character with surrounding homes and businesses and create problems with noise, lights and traffic. The Town Council had been scheduled to hold a September public hearing on the project.
Recent changes in state law would prohibit residents from filing a protest petition against a new rezoning request. That request could be submitted “within a very short period of time,” town planner Judy Johnson said in an email.
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While town rules typically make developers wait 12 months before filing a revised application, Johnson said that rule does not apply to the hotel project, because a notice of the town’s public hearing has not been published.