A Dothan developer is trying once again to raze the former Pizza Kastle building to build a four-story hotel on the property with a different owner.
Similar development plans were introduced almost exactly five years ago before Dothan’s planning commission, but opposition from Garden District residents caused the project to ultimately fail.
Unable to appease residents, the owner eventually built a Hilton-brand Home 2 Suites hotel on Montgomery Highway behind Cheddar’s.
Now, the same local engineering services firm is reviving some of the old plan representing a different owner to build a 39,571-square-foot Tru Hotel by Hilton on the approximately 2-acre parcel of land on Ross Clark Circle.
A Planning Department’s staff report notes that the parcel is zoned B-2 for commercial use, which permits hotels among other uses.
It also notes that, because of its close proximity to residential properties on the south border of the property, a 30-foot buffer is required along that property line. Previously, the requirement was 40 feet.
The staff recommended the buffer consist primarily of evergreen trees and shrubs to create an effective, year-round buffer.
Five years ago, residents were concerned about hotel guests being able to see into their backyards and property value being adversely affected by the construction of a hotel nearby.
The Planning Commission will discuss the plans at a preliminary public hearing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the City Commission chambers at the civic center. The Planning Commission will decide how to move forward at its next meeting at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19.