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The public is invited to come and give its two cents regarding a proposed project on the former Biddle’s property. The six-acre parcel is located on State Route 89A across from Soldier Pass Road.

Robin and Curtis Baney, owners of the Oregon-based Oxford Suites hotel chain, are seeking a zone change in order to build The Village at Saddlerock Crossing. The Sedona Planning and Zoning Commission will be holding a public hearing on the matter on Thursday, Sept. 28, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the Vultee Conference Room at City Hall.

The applicant is requesting a development review and zone change for a proposed mix of uses including lodging, restaurant/bar, retail, multi-family residential and efficiency housing apartments.

According to a city report, “The overall goal of the proposed development is to create a destination lodging facility that provides a unique and viable Sedona experience, is ‘walkable’ and affords a vibrant mix of experiences for both guests and the general public. The restaurant, retail and efficiency housing uses are envisioned as amenities to lodging guests and employees, providing economy and convenience while minimizing automobile trips outside the facility. The restaurant/bar will be open to the public.” 

In its letter of intent to the city, the applicant states that the proposed plan consists of 126 lodging units, meeting facilities for lodging guests only, a business/exercise facility, pool and sauna. It is sited south of the proposed commercial uses to provide a buffer to adjacent residences bordering to the south.

Landscape screening and a parking area separate the lodge from residences by approximately 80 feet. The central pool terrace, courtyard, cabana and adjacent three-story lodging structures are depressed four to seven feet into grade to minimize visual/noise/light impact and allow for compliance with the requirements for building height and massing set forth by city code.

The retail/public gathering plaza would be located at the corner of Soldier Pass and SR 89A, containing approximately 8,500-square-feet space for future tenants. The individual retail spaces vary from 800 to 1,500 square feet. Plans call for them to be one- and two-stories tall.

The letter of intent states that neighbors have suggested they would like to see a restaurant/bar, bistro, café, bike shop, barber/beauty shop, newspaper stand, snack bar, gift shop and art gallery.

“Twelve multi-family dwelling units, located in a complex with 10 elite lodging units at SR 89A & Saddle Rock Circle, are of similar floor plan layout to add market flexibility and at a minimum replace the 12 multi-family dwelling units that could have been developed on the parcel with the existing zoning,” it states.

The Baney family owns 17 other hotels located in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. They have been in business for more than 60 years.

In an email to the Sedona Red Rock News, Curtis Baney wrote, “The Village at Saddlerock Crossing has been in development for some time because we have been working with community stakeholders and city planners to develop the area for the best possible use. We are pleased with the progress to date and are looking forward to the upcoming meeting.”

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