A new 79-room hotel may not be too far in the distant future for wedding guests, concert-goers and tourists headed to Lyons for an overnight stay.
After meeting more than six hours Monday night, the Lyons Board of Trustees unanimously approved a hotel development plan. Before agreeing to accept the proposal, trustees shared their concerns and demands for the development agreement, which is expected to be voted on next month.
“I will not vote for a development agreement until we address the parking ordinance,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mark Browning on Monday night. “It needs to be done at the same time or before.”
Browning expressed his frustrations with the lack of available parking in the town Monday night and said old policies — like a requirement for commercial off-street parking to be within 700 feet of the building it is serving — need to be reviewed and changed.
“This is a town-created problem, and it is something that the town must solve,” he said.
The plan discussed and approved Monday night is from Colorado developer Moss Rock Development LLC. The company is hoping to build a boutique hotel on Main Street and has already purchased parcels 343, 349 and 355 Main St. for the site.
“We’ve put (together) the best team of experts to design what we think is necessary for a sustainable, viable hotel in this town to bring economic development and jobs,” said Agnes Rey-Giraud with Moss Rock Development LLC on Monday night .
Town Administrator Victoria Simonsen said Moss Rock spent $1 million to purchase the parcels, and plans to invest an additional $8 million to construct the building.
Total cost estimates for the hotel were not immediately available following the meeting. Officials with Moss Rock did not respond to requests for comment before publication deadlines Tuesday.
“I think it will be a significant investment,” Simonsen added.
The boutique hotel was first revealed to the public in November. Plans call for it to include a lobby, bar, café and rooftop terrace bar with indoor and outdoor dining.
Before trustee members voted Monday night, dozens of residents took turns providing input — for, against or a little bit of both — on the plan.
Every trustee agreed about the issue of parking and committed to work on a resolution during the limited time some have before their terms expire.
“I wish my successor trustees luck in helping to solve this problem, and it’s been pointed out here — we’ve got two years to come up with something,” said trustee Greg Lowell.