City to consider rezoning lot near Aquatic Center
The Lake Havasu City Planning and Zoning Commission will hear a proposal next week that could change the face of Park Avenue.
Property owners hope to rezone 3.47 acres of surrounding land to make way for what could potentially be condominiums, a hotel or accessory retail buildings, according to a September letter of intent from Mychal Gorden, of Havasu-based Desert Land Group.
The area is home to Havasu landmarks such as the city’s Aquatics & Recreation Center, the Rotary Park ballfields and Patrick Tinnell Memorial Skate Park. Development, if ultimately approved by the Lake Havasu City Council, would take place on a plot of vacant, graded land east of the ballfields.
Under the proposal, the land would be rezoned from commercial use to island Body Beach use, under which buildings as tall as 40 feet would be permitted. According to Gorden, proposed buildings would have a minimal impact on views from adjacent properties. Additionally, the proposal before the commission states that the rezoning would make any development of the site consistent with any development that may yet take place in the area of Body Beach, which has long remained undeveloped.
“The new buyers want to rezone,” said Luke Still, of Desert Land Group. “They originally wanted a hotel-type of development. If the market stays as strong as it has been, the buyers will want to develop the property right away.”
A citizens meeting was held Sept. 21 for Havasu residents to hear the proposal. A total of three Havasu residents attended the meeting.
The rezoning proposal will be heard at the planning and zoning commission’s Oct. 17 meeting.