On Wednesday, February 22nd, the Tallahassee City Commission will consider the approval for payment of $19,104 in traffic concurrency mitigation fees to support the conversion of a Motel 6 into affordable housing for low-income individuals. If approved, the City will use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Relief Funds (ARPA) as payment for the fees.
The former Motel 6 located at 2738 North Monroe Street will be transformed into 105 studio apartment units, as proposed by the developer. The agenda item notes that the suggested rental rate meets the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) affordable rent limit for low-income individuals.
Although the project complies with the local zoning and land use regulations for the motel-to-residential conversion, it was deemed the project would significantly impact the existing roadway segment in the vicinity. Under current policy, the developer would be required to pay $40,156 in mitigation fees, based on the initial analysis of the project as a standard multifamily development. However, staff worked with the developer to certify the project as affordable, which prompted a lower mitigation fee of $19,104. Now, staff recommends the fees be waived using ARPA funds. The project will be able to seek a building permit after the concurrency mitigation fee is paid.
Previously, the City Commission approved ordinance 21-0-04, an amendment to the Tallahassee Land Development Code, which amended the definition of Dwelling Unit of hotel/motels conversions into residential. According to staff, conversion of former hotel/motels into single room occupancy or one-bedroom units provides additional housing inventory, particularly as it applies to “missing middle” housing which is a spectrum of housing between single-family housing and high-rise housing.