Meriden still awaiting hotel conversion plans


MERIDEN – The former Baymont by Wyndham hotel on Research Parkway has been repainted in colors that have received mixed reviews, as the city awaits final plans for its conversion to apartments.

The 36-year-old hotel, formerly the Four Points by Sheraton, was purchased for $ 5.6 million in August by New Haven developer Adam Haston.

Haston said in February that the majority of the 150 rooms will be converted to smaller 300-square-foot apartments with a few larger one-bedroom units.

Community spaces would include a coworking office, library, indoor pool, gymnasium, basketball courts and a game room. It will also have a café and a restaurant-microbrewery open to the public. The apartments would rent from $ 950 to $ 1,100 per month.

Haston could not be reached for comment on a construction schedule.

According to economic development director Joseph Feest, city building officials are awaiting plans for the property. No work has been done on the property since February, except for the bright colors painted on the exterior of the building.

“We haven’t heard from them since they came in for approval,” Feest said. “The building department is waiting for the renovation plans.

The Zoning Appeal Board voted 5-0 in February to allow 275 Research Parkway LLC a waiver for mixed residential-commercial use on the property. At that time, Haston described the Silver City Commons project as an example of a new paradigm for the struggling hospitality industry. Conversions from hotels to similar apartments have taken place in Hartford and Stratford.

Haston told the ZBA he plans to spend more than $ 1 million to convert the 150 rooms into apartments for most micro-studios. The resort is designed for professionals in their twenties who the developer says will accept near-dormitory-style rooms, while taking advantage of nearly 40,000 square feet of common-use amenities, he said. declared.

According to Haston’s plan, the fundamental use of the building would remain almost unchanged, lawyer Dennis Ceneviva, who represented Haston, told the ZBA.

“The only difference is that instead of renting rooms for a day, they do them for a year,” Cenevivia said at the February meeting.

Silver City Commons would represent a new form of use for older hotels. Built in 1985, the former Sheraton has experienced a steady decline in occupancy and the loss of its restaurant over the past 10 years.

According to city zoning laws, the M-1 designation in which the hotel is located “allows a wide range of low density office, industrial and research activities to meet a high level of performance standards.” .

In February, the ZBA stipulated that the building was not to be used as a boarding house or rooming house and banned outdoor storage facilities at the 14.77-acre site.

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