Oakdale's AmericInn building, located at 6630 Hudson Blvd., could soon become a senior housing facility. At present, the hotel is still open for business.
During its Jan. 14 gathering, members of the Oakdale City Council heard plans by Peaceful Living, Inc. to convert the hotel into a 57-bed assisted-living facility.
Peaceful Living, Inc., which also owns a senior care center in St. Paul, submitted a proposal to amend the city’s comprehensive plan and zoning map in order to allow the land to be utilized for high-density residential use.
The land is presently zoned for commercial use, and is surrounded by low-density residential zoning.
Prior to the city council meeting, the planning commission unanimously recommended amending the comprehensive plan and zoning map. However, city council members ultimately voted to table the item until its Feb. 25 meeting.
“I’m not opposed to the project, but I’d like to table (the discussion)," council member Kent Dotas said. "I’m uncomfortable moving forward at this time and would like to know more about it before we take action."
Council member Stan Karwoski echoed Dotas' sentiment.
“I will have a hard time supporting a zoning change in the future, but I would like to come to some conclusion,” he said.
A workshop will be held prior to the Feb. 24 council meeting to mull possible ways to move forward with the project. The workshop will be held at 5 p.m., while the council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Both meetings will be held at City Hall.