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Developer drops project at former motel site

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By PHIL KEREN

Reporter

BOSTON HEIGHTS — A $25 million plan to redevelop the Norwood Inn site has been dropped by the developer.

Crown Property Holdings LLC, doing business as Tapestry Companies, and Bevan Properties Inc.

wanted to build 76 apartment units and 14 townhomes at the Norwood Inn site at 6625 Dean Memorial Parkway and two 8,000-square-foot office buildings on an adjacent property at 6555 Dean Memorial Parkway.

The Boston Heights Planning Commission on Feb. 13 voted 3-2 to recommend rezoning the land for the proposed project from Hines Hill Corridor Overlay, Mixed Use General Sub District, to Hines Hill Corridor Overlay, Village Center District.

The next steps were going to be a public hearing followed by Village Council’s review, but a

Tapestry official this week said the company has decided against pursuing the project.

“Tapestry is not proceeding as we do not believe we have the support of the mayor and village council,” said Jack Brandt, principal of Tapestry Companies.

Ted Lesiak, an attorney with Roderick Linton Belfance LLP representing Tapestry, said the application requesting the rezoning has been withdrawn.

Boston Heights Mayor Bill Goncy did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Brandt said his firm planned to renovate the closed motel site to create additional value and property tax money for the site.

If the plans had moved forward, Brandt said his company was going to buy the property and was committing to paying the $325,000-plus in property taxes and miscellaneous fees that are owed on the site. He also discussed some of the other benefits that he and his associates envisioned with the project.

“The development [would’ve] added larger rental units in a highly occupied rental market,” said Brandt. “Many of the single level units would have provided an alternative for seniors.”

He added he believes the Norwood Inn site “will remain closed and blighted for many years.”

The Norwood Inn closed in October 2019. At that time, Goncy said the motel manager informed the village that the motel would close for six months for a “reorganization.”

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421 or pkeren@recordpub.com.

This rendering shows the look of proposed apartment units that a developer wanted to build at the site of the Norwood Inn in Boston Heights. One of the leaders of Crown Property Holdings LLC (dba Tapestry Companies) said the firm has decided against pursuing the project.

Rendering courtesy of Crown Property Holdings LLC (dba Tapestry Companies)

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