It seems that Planning Commission member Cleveland Samuels, who participated in the vote to approve the project on July 11, had a "potential conflict of interest." As it happens, Samuels does various kinds of work for Eric Galloway or Galvan Partners or Galvan Initiatives or whatever.
Then it was the hotel's turn. The one sticking point for the hotel has been parking. Calhoun and Gibson want to lease sixteen parking spaces--one for each of the sixteen rooms in the hotel--in the municipal lot behind the building. According to Don Moore, Common Council president, who was at the meeting, current law allows the City to sell an annual parking permit to the owner of a specific car but not to an entity for use by unspecified cars. Moore predicted, however, that the necessary amendment to the law would come before the Council within the next month.
The newest member of the Planning Commission, Gail Grandinetti pointed out that the county has parking spaces designated for its use in municipal lots, as does Columbia Opportunities, which suggests that the City already has agreements with "entities." Planning Commission member Glenn Martin, the former chief of police who lost to Ellen Thurston in his bid to become county supervisor from the Third Ward, wanted to know why the Council has wasted time amending the law and suggested that a vote on site plan approval be postponed until the law is changed.
Declaring that "it's new ground we're doing," Cappy Pierro, acting chair of the Planning Commission, called for a vote to grant site plan approval contingent on "sixteen parking spaces being worked out." The Planning Commission voted aye, apparently unanimously.