City considers zoning change for Ambassador Hotel area

The Salina City Commission has started the process of changing the zoning of the Salina Ambassador Hotel and Conference Center, 1616 W. Crawford, to match that of nearby properties, and of adding an overlay to make requirements more strict. The votes Monday to direct planning staff to start the process were 5-0.

Dean Andrew, city planner, said his office has received a query from someone interested in turning the Ambassador Hotel property into an indoor mini-storage facility and constructing additional mini-storage units on the site.

He did not know if the building was for sale, but he said some of the rooms at the Ambassador are not habitable because of a mold problem. Since Crawford Street is identified as a gateway corridor, Andrew said, his staff felt the zoning issue should be brought to the city commission’s attention. Using an overlay adds requirements to areas the city deems significant, such as gateway corridors, Andrew said. The city has two overlays, one on North Ohio Street from North Street to Interstate Highway 70 and one on South Ninth Street from south of Schilling Road to south of Water Well Road.

Changing the zoning and adding an overlay will require public hearings and changes to city zoning ordinances.

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