Cherry Street Hotel location

Potential site of a new downtown hotel at the corner of Cherry Street and Hitt Street

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission will meet Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the potential for a new six-story hotel near the corner of Cherry Street and Hitt Street.

In January of 2020, the commission voted 6-1 to approve the potential new hotel called the Cherry Street Hotel. The hotel would sit at 1005 Cherry Street just north of the Hitt Street Garage. Commissioner Michael MacMann was the only dissenting vote.

The commission recommended the site for approval. Prior to being heard by the City Council, the applicant withdrew the request.

Crockett Engineering presented the replat on behalf of Cherry Street Hotel LLC. The vote replats lot 158 and 65 feet of lot 159. The building that was previously on that land parcel was demolished in 2020.

At the approval hearing, it was unclear where parking for the proposed hotel will be located.

The replatting of two lots for the hotel is required “to bestow legal lot status in advance of future site redevelopment,” the staff report said.

In 2019, concerns were expressed about the provision of parking for a hotel. There are no parking requirements for commercial uses within the M-DT (Mixed Use-Downtown) which the hotel would be considered.

Crockett Engineering has indicated that they are pursing options for parking and are working with the City’s Parking Utility and Law Department on a parking agreement.

Ahead of the meeting Thursday, MacMann said until there is a parking plan in place for the hotel, he can't see how he would vote in favor of it.

He said a six-story structure will have around 150 to 200 rooms. "That's a lot of parking spaces that would be needed when Hitt Street is already short on parking," said MacMann.

MacMann said when the commission discussed the hotel in January 2020, the idea was for parking in the Cherry Street Garage. He said the garage is always full and there would be no extra spaces to lease them.

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