Holiday season on the way?

Published 9:00 am Friday, August 25, 2017

Work is progressing on a Holiday Inn Express at the Winchester Plaza, 1515 West Lexington Road.

Applicant Madison Holdings, LLC was given approval in September 2016 for the development of the hotel on a vacant five-acre parcel bordering the Interstate 64 off ramp near the Malco Theater.

Several variances needed to be approved along with the plan after planning staff concluded it did not entirely conform with B3 area requirements.

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According to Planning Supervisor Robert Jefferies, the proposed structure was 45 feet 4 inches tall, more than 10 feet taller than what is typically allowed in B3 zones.

Additionally, the building gradually got closer to the property line from the northwest corner to the southeast corner, ending with less than a 50-foot setback from the property line as is required by the zoning.

Finally, in one section of the plan the lot did not maintain its required 50-foot lot width.

Engineers on site Thursday morning said workers are constructing the building pad the hotel will stand on.