Winchester Planning Commission Recommends Conditional Use Permit for Extended Stay Apartments
Winchester’s Planning Commission has decided to back a proposal to transform a former duplex into two extended-stay apartments, despite some reservations.
The 88-year-old building is located at 11-13 Gibbens Street, which puts it inside Winchester’s Commercial Industrial zoning district. As a result, in order to make the change, owner Laxminarayana Chirravuri of Fairfax would have to obtain a conditional use permit. Commissioners pointed out at a Tuesday meeting that granting the permit would contradict the city’s long-term commercial plans for the site, and that the location is in a dangerous area that wouldn’t appeal to business travellers. However, Chirravuri assured the Commission that the development would be maintained by a property manager and that it would be safe.
Chairman Mark Loring was quoted as saying that he wouldn’t want to stand in the way of anybody trying to accomplish something positive with the property. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend the CUP to Winchester’s City Council, which will have final say on the matter at its coming Tuesday meeting.