The Parker Town Council approved a resolution Dec. 2 allowing the Laszlo Hotel to open at its scheduled date, Dec. 19, despite the property being 17 parking spaces short of code. The resolution …
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The Parker Town Council approved a resolution Dec. 2 allowing the Laszlo Hotel to open at its scheduled date, Dec. 19, despite the property being 17 parking spaces short of code. The resolution passed 5-1.
The site plan agreement for the Twenty Mile Village property, which is shared by the Laszlo Hotel and the Grove on Mainstreet, a mixed-use development, stipulates 81 parking spaces are needed for the hotel and its commercial spaces. The agreement requires 51 spaces be provided for the hotel and 30 be provided for commercial use. The hotel lot currently has 64 spaces. The remaining 17 would be provided on the mixed-use Grove lot, according to the site plan agreement issued to the town.
The Grove is preparing for development and applying for building permits with the town but has not yet begun construction.
The resolution states the developers of the Grove, Parker Mainstreet Partners, cannot apply for any new building permits until they pave and paint the 17 remaining parking spaces.
Without the resolution approved on Dec. 2, operating without the specified number of parking spaces would otherwise be a violation of the Parker Land Development Ordinance.
“As a matter of practice, there really is no issue here other than maybe some misunderstanding,” Town Councilmember John Diak said. “It seems to me there's ample parking in the pending application to take care of the needs as originally identified in our governing document.”
The Twenty Mile Village property is divided into two lots, one for the Laszlo Hotel and some commercial space owned by Mainstreet Piers LLC, and another lot consisting of a plaza and space for a mixed-use development known as the Grove on Mainstreet, owned by Parker Mainstreet Partners LLC. But the site plan submitted to the town was presented as one lot, and that is what the town refers to.
Owners of the Laszlo Hotel and the Grove on Mainstreet disputed who should be responsible for providing the remaining 17 parking spaces. The property, part of the West End on Mainstreet, is just west of Dransfeldt Road on Mainstreet, a part of town that Councilmember Josh Rivero said is the future of Parker.
The original site plan agreement, approved June 1, 2018, states a total of 176 spaces would be provided on the entire property.
The town council can approve a waiver from the provisions of the Parker Land Development Ordinance “if it is determined to be in the public interest and does not impair the intent and purposes of this Title.” This resolution does not mean the town will waive enforcement of the requirement, but requires that any furthur development of the Grove include construction of those 17 spaces.
The 17 parking spaces are not expected to be completed by the target date for the Laszlo's grand opening, Dec. 19.
Mike May, owner of Mainstreet Piers LLC, said he originally planned to share parking spaces with the Community Banks of Colorado location just south of the property, but that agreement fell through. May proposed to gravel off some area for temporary parking, but, he said, the developer, Parker Mainstreet Partners, declined that and countered with a ground lease and fee. May then took the matter to the town to draft a resolution to save the hotel's scheduled grand opening of Dec. 19.
“The ground lease concept, we asked (town) staff about. It doesn't fit in your code, and the fee doesn't fit in my budget,” May said before council Dec. 2. “We can't produce new land. We're in a bind and we were looking for some way we could look for a solution.”
Mitch Trevey, owner of Trevey Commercial Real Estate, one of the town's largest commercial developers, represented Parker Mainstreet Partners. Trevey declined to disclose the fee amount.
“Our position is, from a private business standpoint, we have no obligation to provide those spaces for him,” Trevey said. Trevey cited a private purchase and sale agreement that stipulated May provide the 17 parking spaces himself. May knew this, Trevey said, which is why he pursued finding the other 17 spaces elsewhere. “We don't believe there's any reason we should be punished or restricted from development of the rest of our property until we come to his rescue and solve his issue.”
Trevey said the private purchase and sale agreement between the two companies specified May would provide the spaces, but the town can only rule on the site plan agreement submitted to the town.
Council agreed the site plan agreement, which states the 17 spaces should be provided on the Grove lot, was the guiding government document to make their decision.
Rivero said he was disappointed the issue had to be resolved by council, but reiterated the resolution was meant to get the two sides talking.
“I'm disappointed it's been brought here. I'm sorry we have to rule on this tonight. I don't want to rule because one of you is not going to be happy. I don't know where that's going to go," Rivero said. "But I look up to the two of you and I hope we can go away from here tonight figuring something out.”
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