Stillwater City Council to Discuss Revised Expansion Plan for Water Street Inn

The Stillwater City Council will consider approval of a slightly altered plan for expansion of the Water Street Inn.

City staff and Water Street Inn expansion project designer Roger Tomten and Chuck Dougherty have been working on a way to add 20 rooms, a rooftop patio and a signature clock tower to the Water Street Inn.

It appears they may have struck a compromise.

The Stillwater City Council on April 1 unanimously voted to conceptually approve amendments to the special use permit to build a rooftop patio and an 80-foot clock tower on the north corner of the Water Street Inn. The council tabled a request for a variance to the front-yard setback on Myrtle Street.

The original plans called for Myrtle Street to be narrowed by 8 feet, but city staff found the proposal to be too narrow.

The new plan would narrow Myrtle Street by 3 feet around the base of the clock tower, according to city documents. The curb line on the south side of Myrtle would then widen as it wraps around the clock tower to create a pick-up and drop-off lane for the hotel.

The proposal widens Myrtle Street from 28 feet to 32 feet for a “significant portion of the block,” city documents state. Around the base of the tower it reduces the road from 28 feet to 26 feet, 6 inches.

According to Fire Code, a road must be at least 26 feet wide.

The plan does not move the north curb line of Myrtle Street, and will provide sidewalks on both sides of the street.

City staff feels this proposal is a safe option for both vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

The Stillwater City Council will discuss the proposal during Tuesday’s meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

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