In what would be one of the biggest developments on Main Street in years, a local Realtor would like to build a two-story hotel on the west end of the street.
Wendy Larchick recently came before the Planning and Zoning Commission for a permit to develop the site, at 621 W. Main St., which she has owned for some time.
The property has housed various businesses over the years and currently, there is a manufactured home, detached garage and office building on the site.
Larchick would like to build a boutique hotel where the manufactured home now sits. It would be replaced with a two-story, 10-room hotel. The office building would be remodeled to house two additional rooms for a total of 12 hotel rooms, according to a memo from Trever Fleetham, planning and sustainability adviser with the town, to the P&Z commission.
“I am excited about building a boutique hotel on Main Street which will give visitors the opportunity to stay on our historic Main Street and experience Payson on foot — walk to Green Valley Park or Zane Grey Museum ... and experience the Oxbow Saloon,” said Larchick. “Plus, I am hopeful with all the focus currently on Main Street we will see some new restaurants, additional retail opportunities and events on Main Street which will allow Payson to be a destination.”
The property is already zoned commercial and is surrounded by commercial property, including the now closed 703 on Main restaurant.
There are only five parking spaces and staff said the minimum is one space per room plus one per employee.
“While the provisions for Main Street and Green Valley Redevelopment Area (GVRA) do allow for relief from minimum parking requirements, a parking plan needs to be provided during plan review to ensure adequate parking is provided,” Fleetham said.
The new development will need Design Review approval and to comply with town codes.
A citizens participation meeting was held June 24 after letters were sent to all owners within a 300-foot radius of the property. Only two residents attended and both “were hugely supportive and excited about the boutique hotel project and offered to attend the Planning & Zoning meeting to lend their support,” Larchick wrote the town. “There were no other attendees or responses to the letter.”
Larchick hopes to start construction by this fall.