Conditional use permit approved for Wise Inn

by JENAY TATE • Editor & Publisher

01.31.12 – 12:21 am

WISE — Wise Inn Partners LP got Town Council’s seal of approval last week on a conditional use permit the company needed before embarking on renovation of the Wise Inn and construction of a large addition.

The approval did not include the company’s request to make a portion of Spring Street one way. Council followed a staff recommendation to watch traffic patterns after the Inn has opened and then take up the request and any other traffic-related issues they might see develop.

Wise Planning Commission considered the conditional use permit and site plan at its December meeting and recommended it for council approval, including deferring action on the one-way request.

Town Planner and Zoning Administrator Laura Mullins briefed council at its Jan. 24 meeting, saying the 23,427-square-foot addition will hold 49 guest rooms, a restaurant, diner and conference center. It is located on East Main Street in a B-3 Central Business zoning district.

It meets the requirements for the conditional use permit, Mullins said, noting that staff concerns about parking and sufficient lighting have been addressed.  The Inn project is not in conflict with the town’s comprehensive plan, is a component of the downtown master plan and eliminates a blight condition in addition to providing much needed overnight accommodations, Mullins said.

Dick Houchins of Thompson and Litton said the project is scheduled to go out for bid April 1 with construction starting June 1. The Inn is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013.

Council unanimously approved the conditional use permit.

Councilman Caynor Smith said it is the dream of a lot of people to see The Inn opened up again.

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