Public Hearing continued for 3-story hotel coming to Friday Harbor - Town staff report available

Friday Harbor Town Council decided to continue the public hearing regarding the 29-room three-story hotel planned for First Street in Friday Harbor after hearing concerns from citizens at the March 15 public hearing. More information will be posted soon.

A 29-unit, three-story hotel with an underground parking garage for 30 vehicles is proposed for two lots on First Street  across from the San Juan County Courthouse.  Each unit in The Moby at Friday Harbor will overlook the harbor. There are nine rooms on the first floor and the second floor. Eleven rooms are planned for the third floor.  A small bistro is also included in the plans.

The property is owned by Tami Roble of Renton. The architect is Carl F. Pirscher of CDA + Prischer Architects of Edmonds. The authorized agent is Wally Trace AGENT: Trace Real Estate Services, LLC of Seattle.

The property has been partially cleared. It borders the Port of Friday Harbor's upper parking lot and First Street. 

A public hearing will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, 2018 in Friday Harbor Town Hall. A report by Town of Friday Harbor staff has been posted to the Town's website.

According to the report: The applicants are proposing to utilize the Historic Preservation incentives outlined in FHMC 17.64.070 for height and parking. The height incentive will allow them to build to 35 feet calculated for the existing slope on the property.

They are also seeking the 50 percent reduction in parking incentive. Hotels require 1 space per room and the Restaurant use requires one (1) space for each 130 square feet of calculated new use area. The plan as currently submitted would require 37 spaces for the hotel rooms and restaurant. They have indicated that they can provide 30 spaces in the proposed garage. The applicant has begun meeting with the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) in order to be in compliance with them. This permit would be conditioned on approvals from the HPRB.

The property also falls within the View Protection Overlay District which requires a 10-foot setback on each side yard to protect the views from First Street towards the water. The applicant will submit a Boundary Line Modification application which creates one lot instead of two. This permit would be conditioned on the execution of this application.

The public will have access to the restaurant for shoreline views in this development. Construction must commence within two years and be complete in five years from the date of the Shoreline Substantial Development permit or the permit will become null and void.


  • teddy gosinski Tuesday, 06 March 2018 08:21 Comment Link

    Bad Idea!! Need rental housing for Islanders now, not Hotel.


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