Developers hope to turn a former log yard building in Seaside into the Log Shop Motel with 24 cabin-style units.
The property, owned by E3 Properties LLC, based in Warrenton, is located off U.S. Highway 101 between Les Schwab Tires and Avenue V near the Mill Ponds Natural History Park.
“It’s still in the development stage,” said Randy Stemper, of RDA Project Management. “We’re trying to find what the final product is going to look like within the parameters of what the city has given us.”
At a Seaside Planning Commission meeting last month, issues of sewage and accessibility for fire trucks were among concerns, as was a path to the neighboring park.
According to engineer Mark Mead, the hotel is an outright permitted use in the general commercial zone; however, development within the highway overlay zone requires Planning Commission review.
The units will be two-story, two-bedroom units approximately 800 square feet in size, each with a small kitchen. A small office and laundry building will also be provided in the southwest corner of the site.
The suite hotel would require 30 standard parking spaces, 14 compact spaces and three with Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility. While the hotel would generate about 350 trips per day, below the threshold for an additional traffic impact analysis, providing an ingress lane and two exit lanes will require approval by the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Planning commissioners Chris Hoth, Teri Carpenter, Robin Montero, Lou Neubecker, Chris Rose and Jon Wickersham approved Option A of the plan, which brings the proposed buildings closer to the highway and could cut down on necessary approvals. Commissioner Kathy Kleczek was absent.
Conditions include a lighting plan, access and design approval and a drainage plan. The plan would also need to address water quality measures in an effort to limit oil and sediment from entering the storm water system. Plans for relocating the existing Mill Ponds park trail must be approved by the Seaside Public Works director.
“We’re trying to work with the city to create something that fits their coding criteria and what they want to see,” Stemper said.
The blue building on the property, known as the “log shop,” will be razed by the end of the month, Stemper said.