Big budget projects on the agenda for tonight’s Westerly Planning Board meeting | West

WEST — A proposed new bylaw that would allow golf courses and yacht clubs in the city’s commercial recreation area to add hotels and suites; the next stage of plans to convert the former buildings and grounds of St. Pius X School into housing; and a proposed Venice restaurant expansion with a hotel and conference center are all on the agenda for a planning committee meeting tonight.

Winn Properties LLC, the owner of the Winnapaug Golf Club on Shore Road, proposed zoning regulations and development standards that would guide the style and massing of hotels and suites at golf courses and yacht clubs in the area. commercial recreation center, which includes the locations of the Winnapaug Golf Club as well as Weekapaug Golf Course, the Misquamicut Club, Shelter Harbor Golf Course and the Westerly Yacht Club. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Nick Scola, a principal at Winn Properties LLC, said the company needed the ability to build and market a hotel and one- and two-bedroom suites, some of which will be sold as “condotels “, to make the golf course financially viable. The Scolas have worked with the Planning Board and City Council to develop language in the Master Plan that allows for the type of development the family has proposed.

The council is also due to review preliminary plans for a three-lot subdivision proposed by Trendsetter Properties LLC for the former building and former St. Pius X school property at 32 Elm St. The Watch-based developer Hill proposed a 12,027 – 8,632 square foot detached residential lot on Elm Street and an 8,632 square foot detached residential lot on School Street. If the subdivision is approved, the two residential lots would be sold and developed by the buyers.

The company proposes the transformation of the school complex into apartments: 8 units in the two-storey school building and 5 units in the one-storey building. It also proposes the construction of a three-storey multi-family building on the sports ground of the school complex. The new building would have 31 one- and two-bedroom units and would be built under the state’s full permitting process, which provides for expedited land use board review in return for a promise of a percentage the total number of units reserved as affordable. lodging.

The plans for the old school site are facing opposition. A coalition of residents calling themselves Elm Street CARES, or Community for an Appropriate and Responsible Elm Street, has signed a petition opposing the plans of Trendsetter Properties LLC. The group argues that the plans are not appropriate for the neighborhood and will cause several problems, including increased traffic. A petition and letter signed by over 100 residents and submitted to council by Elm Street CARES asks council to consider the entire project as a full permit application, not just the proposed new apartment building and building conversion school.

Florentine Realty LLC, owner of the Venice restaurant on Shore Road, proposes to renovate the existing building and construct two new buildings with 32 hotel rooms, a conference center with business facilities, a swimming pool and a fitness center.

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