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Hotel project talks persist

Warren City Council is still exploring the possibility of a downtown hotel.

Mayor Maurice Cashman announced that council met in executive session to discuss property matters, and then identified those property matters as relating to a hotel developer and parking.

After the meeting, City Manager Nancy Freenock indicated that staff is still “trying to work out dimensions” for a parcel big enough to facilitate construction.

As the Times Observer previously reported, that leaves Breeze Point Landing as a potential development location.

But the discussion is now more nuanced than just finding a parcel suitable for a hotel. The city is now considering the parking needs of the businesses who have set up shop at the base of Liberty Street.

Freenock said city staff met with those businesses earlier this week to discuss parking needs.

She noted the city is pursuing a grant to address infrastructure issues in that area, including paved parking and re-aligning the street.

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