PALMDALE — The Planning Commission on Thursday approved a conditional use permit for a motel on Sixth Street East that will bring it into compliance with modern city codes and legalize its use.
The permit was approved on a 3-0 vote, with Commissioners Deana Ward and Angel Olvera absent.
The 10-unit Palm Motel was originally permitted by Los Angeles County in 1952. Although the site has since been brought into the city and subject to its municipal code, it was considered a legal non-conforming structure, a status which expired in 1982. As informed by a letter from the city in 2014, the motel has been operating without a permit since then.
In August 2017, the city’s code enforcement division issued a letter requesting the owner bring the motel into compliance with the city’s codes due to occupants exceeding the maximum 30-day lodging time period, according to the staff report.
The motel owner Krishna Swamy requested to legalize the motel’s use with the existing buildings in April.
The application includes proposed improvements to the motel, including a new trash enclosure, new paved walkway, new asphalt paving and new landscaping. In addition, the exterior will be enhanced with new stack stone, new windows and doors with trim. These enhancements “will significantly improve the aesthetic qualities of the existing site and the community,” according to the staff report.
Additionally, the exterior through-the-wall air conditioning units facing Sixth Street East and the north side will be relocated inside the building.
Commission Chairman Stacia Nemeth questioned Swamy if he was aware of future plans for the area for an expanded transportation center to serve the California High-Speed Rail, Metrolink and other modes of transportation, “which could be many, many years off.” He said he was aware of the plans, which may result in removal of the existing businesses in the neighborhood.
“I would just like to say I think this is very noble of you to put in the improvements that you are doing there. I think it will definitely make a better living facility for the people who are living there and I appreciate your time and energy to come up to code on that,” Nemeth said.
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