Officials Reject Apartment Plan at Quality Inn in West Goshen – Daily Local

WEST GOSHEN — Township supervisors have unanimously agreed to cancel plans by a developer to build 167 apartments on the Quality Inn site at Stanton Avenue and Route 202.

The eight- or nine-acre site is zoned Limited Commercial, or C-3, and without a zoning change, apartments would not be permitted.

Branchport Capitol general manager Sam Tarantini has kicked off construction of 80 one-bedroom, 37 bachelor and 51 two-bedroom apartments for rent at market rates, with no students or Section 8 tenants, on the former site from the Treadway Inn. He also proposed adding air-conditioned self-storage units to part of the lot.

No rezoning of the township to make way for apartments at the Quality Inn. (BILL RETTEW – MEDIANEWS GROUP)

Board of Supervisors Chairman Shaun Walsh noted that the possibility of increased traffic volume was a major concern at the busy Route 202 proposed single entrance.

This entrance near the Route 202 main thoroughfare only allows motorists to turn right or head north. A U-turn is necessary to head south. Traffic on Route 202 often backs up.

Crime has been a problem. At a recent meeting, the council heard from Chief of Police Joseph Carroll who said that in 2020 police responded to 495 incidents at the hotel and made nine arrests, which took 151 hours time to agents.

The Quality Inn will not become apartments. (BILL RETTEW – MEDIANEWS GROUP)

The 144-room Quality Inn houses 8,440 square feet of unused meeting space, an unused 5,200-square-foot bar, kitchen and restaurant, and 286 parking spaces. The hotel opened in 1971.

With the current zoning, a new owner could expand up to 104,000 square feet. The property is currently zoned, as of right, for retail, personal services, office buildings, wholesale, warehousing or distribution, laboratory facilities or a medical clinic, forestry and uses of a learning center.

Chairman Shaun Walsh said that due to a shortage of new housing, and while he supports the construction of new housing, he opposes the rezoning of the property.

There is a nationwide housing shortage caused by a sluggish construction market that dates back to 2006, Walsh said.

He noted that since 2012, 12 million new households have been occupied, while only 7 million homes have been built.

“New residential construction is critical,” Walsh said.

Although he does not support new High Street projects in West Goshen, Walsh said he does not know what the future holds for the property.

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