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Developer pulls Tangerine proposal

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Posted: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:00 am

A developer has withdrawn a proposal to build a 100-room, three-story, 45-foot tall hotel along with two- and three-story apartment buildings on a piece of ground northwest of the Tangerine and Thornydale intersection in north Marana.

Given "the present circumstances" – among them, "the sheer volume of concerns expressed, misinformation disseminated and questions asked about our client's vision for this property" – HSL Properties LLC wants "to take a step back to work with our neighbors so that we may bring forth a new plan for this property in the future," wrote Robin M. Large of The Planning Center, the company representing HSL Properties.

The company wants to meet anew with area property owners, "listen to their concerns and find ways to work through these roadblocks together," Large wrote. HSL Properties "is committed to being a good neighbor and making this project an asset to the town of Marana."

HSL Properties withdrew its request to amend the Tangerine / Thornydale Specific Plan late Monday, before the scheduled Tuesday meeting of the Marana Planning Commission. On Tuesday, the commission was due to reopen a public hearing, continued from Dec. 16, about the amendment request. After the public hearing was continued into January, The Planning Center held a second neighborhood meeting with some 50 area residents on Jan. 12.

The amendment would have allowed multi-family residential and hotel uses on 58.8 acres of land now intended for single-family residential use. Reconfiguration of open space boundaries was also requested on the parcel, which is on the northwest corner of Tangerine and Thornydale roads, across a north-south wash immediately west of a development that includes a Circle K store and gas station, and a Chase Bank branch. It is immediately south of the Tortolita Vistas residential development, and across Tangerine Road from the Sky Ranch residential development.

Neighbors distributed information and rallied people against the amendment.

"The structure will sit directly on Tangerine with little green space between it and the roadway," reads a flyer from a group calling itself the Tangerine Corridor Alliance. "The developer … has stated that there is no guarantee of quality once built. Once approved, who knows what we will be getting, a Motel 6?"

Lisa Shafer, assistant planning director for the Town of Marana, said HSL had indicated the hotel would have offered "limited services," without restaurant, bar or other supplements. She said "none of the buildings were going to be 50 feet." Towers, referred to as "architectural embellishments," could have reached 45 feet.

"If they want to continue" with a project, HSL would have to bring forward "a new submittal, a new project," Shafer said. "What they submit is up to them, and it would start all over."

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