(April 19, 2004) -- Councilmembers Bonnie Lowenthal and Jackie Kell have jointly agendized an item for the April 20 Council agenda concerning conversion of existing motels to housing.
A similar item -- with a somewhat different accompanying memo from the Councilmembers -- appeared on the March 9 Council agenda, but at the opening of that meeting Mayor Beverly O'Neill announced, "There was more information that we was needed because many people had been out of town and we just needed more time for this."
In their March agendizing memo, Councilmembers Lowenthal and Kell sought to "assess the changes necessary to allow existing motels and hotels to be converted to better managed special needs housing" and proposed directing the Planning Commission to investigate amending city laws to allow a pilot program for converting motel and hotel buildings to special needs housing.
However the memo accompanying the April 20 agenda item does not mention "special needs housing." It refers simply to "better managed housing units." We post its text verbatim below:
Subject: Conversion of Existing Motels to Housina
There are a number of existing hotel and motel buildings that have a blighting
influence upon the surrounding community through their operation or appearance. This has been of great concern to the surrounding neighborhoods. Many of these buildings have required significant use of public safety resources over a number of years and have led to blighting influences on the corridors and surrounding neighborhoods. These buildings often serve as de facto housing rather than as the temporary lodgings originally intended. The purpose of this
study is to assess the changes necessary to allow existing motels and hotels to
be converted to better managed housing units.
We respectfully request that the City Council refer this matter to the Planning
Commission to investigate amending the Zoning and Building Regulations to
allow a pilot program for the conversion of existing motel and hotel buildings to
residential use to provide sorely-needed housing while removing blight and public
safety concerns for neighborhoods at the same time.
Respectfully request that the City Council refer this matter to the Planning
Commission for review and recommendation to the City Council.