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Downtown Beaumont could get new life thanks to city council approval of plans for hotel, apartment building

One business owner on Orleans Street is excited for what a new apartment building could mean for the area

BEAUMONT, Texas — Downtown Beaumont could see some new projects in the future after city council approved plans for a new hotel apartment building on Orleans Street. 

An exact date hasn’t been released, but plans for the old antique mall behind call for about 25 loft units. For nearby businesses, this is exciting news. 

Drive through downtown Beaumont, and it’s not hard to see, there’s a lot of untapped potential. 

Tasha Bobb opened up Stir it Up Bistro in April, just after the pandemic slowed everything down. 

“It’s really been a true walk of faith keeping the doors open during this time,” Bobb said. 

She knows what downtown is capable of becoming, and she wanted to contribute to that. 

“Downtown Beaumont should really be thriving, with a lot of businesses, eateries, people just walking down the street,” Bobb said. 

For now, most of these buildings are empty, including the historic Hotel Beaumont. 

Councilman Mike Getz is excited about some possibilities for it too. 

“Oh, it’s been empty for at least 10 years. You know, for downtown to become as successful as we’d like it to be, you’ve got to have people living downtown,” Getz said. 

Soon that could be a reality. Last week, the Beaumont City Council gave the green light for a realty company to turn the old antique mall into a hotel apartment building. 

Getz said the developer is planning to offer extended stay apartments and lofts. 

“I think his idea is to go after people working in the plants for a temporary basis,” Getz said. 

For the businesses nearby, this is good news too. 

“Oh my goodness, at first I was like, oh wow, what’s gonna happen to me, it’s gonna be an advantage to have a hotel right next door. I’m one of the only places down here where you can get full real meals,” Bobb said. 

Slowly, but surely, things are stirring up downtown. 

“It’s gonna get there, I know it will,” Bobb said. 

12News reached out to the property owner for specifics on when renovations will get started. We haven’t received an answer yet. 

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Hotel Bridgton gets another approval, but might be subject to appeals

BRIDGTON — The Planning Board ruled unanimously 3-0 Tuesday that the site plan for Hotel Bridgton meets town’s ordinances, but the attorney for Save Kennard Street, the citizens’ group opposing the project, said they’re willing to take the issue to the state’s Supreme Court.

Board members Deb Brusini, Dee Miller and Ken Gibbs voted in favor; Greg Watkins and Dan Harden recused themselves.

“If this is finally approved at the Superior Court level, I’m sure that we’ll take it to the law court and beyond, probably for several more remands if this is the way that it will be dealt with,” said attorney David Lourie, who is representing the individual abutters on behalf of Save Kennard Street.

Save Kennard Street said the project will negatively impact the surrounding neighborhood.

Justin McIver of Maine Eco Homes first introduced the 66-room hotel and swimming pool at the Saunders Mill site and two adjacent lots on Bacon and Kennard streets to the Planning Board in 2018. After the board approved the site plan last June, Save Kennard Street appealed. The proposal ultimately went before Superior Court Justice Thomas R. McKeon in December 2019.

McKeon affirmed the board’s decision in June. But in response to Save Kennard Street’s motion to amend or alter his judgement, McKeon sent the proposal back to the board Aug. 4 on the single issue of “filling.”

“Filling,” sometimes called “earthmoving,” is strictly prohibited in the Shoreland Protection Zone where the lot for the proposed hotel is located. McKeon said neither McIver’s site plan nor the board’s decision properly defined what constitutes filling and if the site plan necessitates it.

The three voting members said in their discussion Oct. 28 and final deliberations Tuesday that the site plan does not include any prohibited instances of filling.

Lourie said before Tuesday’s meeting that the board is picking and choosing which ordinances to enforce.

“That’s what they have been doing instead of applying the stricter of the two ordinances … Both the site plan ordinance and the shoreland protection ordinance each say that if there’s any inconsistencies between any provisions, (the Planning Board) is supposed to apply the stricter standard,” he said.

Board Chairperson Deb Brusini said Tuesday in response to Lourie’s claims of negligence to follow the word of the ordinance that the board had fulfilled its duty: “I think we should skip to the narrow scope of what the judge ordered and not consider additional findings.”

Gibbs added, “We’ve heard extensively all the sides in this.”

McIver could not be reached for comment.

“We feel pretty strongly that the Planning Board fulfilled its duty and did so by producing a well-reasoned explanation for the court,” Mark Bower, McIver’s attorney, said Wednesday morning.

Bower said that pending any appeals in court, this is the only approval McIver needed from the town, but may need additional permits from the state.

Maine Eco Homes is proposing to build the hotel at the Saunders Mills site and two adjacent lots on Bacon and Kennard

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Granville Recreation District 0.75-mill levy wins voter approval

A majority of Granville voters favored funding for the Granville Recreation District, according to unofficial Licking County Board of Elections results.

a group of people standing in a yard: Among the improvements that would be made using funds from the proposed Granville Recreation District fall levy would be bringing pavement and restrooms to Raccoon Valley and other GRD parks.

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Among the improvements that would be made using funds from the proposed Granville Recreation District fall levy would be bringing pavement and restrooms to Raccoon Valley and other GRD parks.

The Granville Recreation District sought voter approval of a 0.75 mill, five-year operating levy on the Nov. 3 ballot.

With all 15 Granville precincts reporting, the levy was approved by a margin of 4,403 to 3,940.

GRD Executive Director Andy Wildman said in the run up to election day, “We have both capital and operating necessities that need to be addressed.”

Wildman cited capital projects including a pavilion, restrooms and concessions at Raccoon Valley Park, and paving at all of the parks, among other items that would be funded if the levy was adopted.

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“We also plan to allocate resources to annual maintenance and capital needs as we have not increased our operating funds since 2010 or increased our millage since 2005,” Wildman stated.

According to a levy fact sheet posted on the GRD website, the levy will generate $384,525 a year through the end of 2025.

Per $100,000 of home value, the levy will cost $2.18 per month in tax, or $26.16 per year, according to the GRD.

The district currently has four full-time and three part-time employees, and “800 volunteer coaches,” according the GRD levy fact sheet.

Education, Wildman said on Aug. 3, was a critical need in terms of finding support for the proposed tax issue since many served by the district, he said, don’t really understand its nature or how it came to be and is funded.

District millage hasn’t increased since 2005, when the then-Granville Recreation Commission was “a 501C4 arm of the township,” Wildman said.

In 2010, the village, township and school district combined to form the Recreation District, and Wildman said, “there was the jurisdictional increase, but that was not a millage increase,” as service area grew to match the school district footprint. Although the number of taxpayers paying into the district at that time grew, millage remained the same.

“In an average year, we have an operating budget of somewhere between the $850,000-900,000 range, and it’s about 50/50,” Wildman said. “We collect about half from user fees and half comes from taxation/subsidization.”

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$25 million Orange hotel set for approval despite height issue | Central Western Daily

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A $25 million hotel development at the Summer Centre has been recommended for approval even though it will be 50 per cent taller than the limit allowed for the site. Orange City Council will consider a report on the 98-room Summer Street hotel on Tuesday night. The report says the building will stand 18 metres high at its tallest point but the maximum allowed for the site is 12 metres. Public submissions on the development have also raised concerns about noise levels and its affects on a neighbouring shop. “The overall bulk and scale of the development is a significant issue for council to determine,” the report said. It said the DA was seeking to allow for the building to be taller than the site’s limit. “On balance it is considered that the increased height of this building is not unreasonable in its context and it is therefore recommended that council supports the proposed building height,” it said. One public submission said increasing the height “would set a dangerous precedent” for the CBD. A separate submission from solicitors acting for the owner of an adjacent antiques shop said there were concerns about the shop’s continued access to the rear for loading and the front for parking. It said there were concerns about excess noise from the hotel and odour from two garbage rooms to be built behind the shop. The council’s heritage advisor has also requested the facade of a former bicycle shop on Summer Street be retained in the development to contrast old and new. However, the report said a heritage impact statement had not been provided with the DA as approval for demolition of the building had already been granted. The four-storey building will have 6000 square metres of floor space providing accommodation, reception, lounges, a cafe, a function room, bars, a gym, a pool and a roof terrace. There will a pub and bistro on the ground floor with a courtyard, retail shops on the ground floor plus basement parking for 189 cars. In the total area including the new hotel, the Summer Centre shops and a site on Sale Street there is provision for 446 parking spaces. It includes 229 spaces on site at ground level, 28 in the main Summer Centre loading dock, 43 in Basement 1 Upper, 100 in Basement 1 Lower, and 46 in Basement 2. The council report said the parking was adequate for the site. Transport for NSW has recommended a left hand turning lane or an equivalent space be provided for traffic to access the hotel. “Westbound traffic turning into the site from Summer Street will be significant. Council should be satisfied whether widening of the bus bay and parking lane to serve this function is appropriate,” it said. It said the average daily traffic flow on Summer Street was expected to be 15,000-22,000 vehicles based on counts near the site. A NSW Police risk assessment of the development has found the potential for incidences of stealing from

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Centerville outdoor recreation business seeks indoor archery range approval in office area

CENTERVILLE – A Centerville outdoor recreation business is seeking approval for an indoor archery range in an office district.

a person wearing a costume: A Centerville archery business is seeking approval to operate an indoor range. FILE

A Centerville archery business is seeking approval to operate an indoor range. FILE

City administrators are proposing changes to allow FAS Outdoor Company to have an indoor range for bow and arrow shooting at its 6560 Centerville Business Parkway site, an area not permitted for such use.


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The city is proposing to expand its municipal code, adding a section on the discharging of bows and arrows, currently mentioned in a section on firearms.

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The current code’s prohibition of indoor archery does not apply a “retail sporting goods supplier,” where the “archery range makes up less than 5% of the gross retail space,” Centerville records show.

Cabela’s in the Cornerstone development near Interstate 675 falls under this exception, according to the city.

FAS is also seeking a conditional use to have an archery range in an office planned development district, an area where such facilities are prohibited, Centerville City Planner Mark Yandrick said.

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