New Hyatt hotel to be built near Sunset Grill

The Moab City Planning Commission voted 4-0 on Feb. 9 to approve the commercial site plan for a Moab Hyatt Place hotel to be built at 890 N. Main St. The hotel, which will have 118 rooms on three floors, a pool and a 121-space parking lot, will be located on U.S. 191 downhill from the Sunset Grill. The hotel will occupy 4 acres of the 5.23-acre parcel.

In a later phase, yet to be reviewed by the planning commission, the developer, Mike Bynum, said he plans to build a series of casitas on the slope above the hotel.

The plan was approved with the conditions that the applicant resolve outstanding issues with the city engineer, agree to define public improvements (curb, gutter, sidewalk, asphalt paving, water, sanitary sewer, and drainage improvements) required with the project, and provide the appropriate performance and warranty guarantee amounts for those improvements.

The approval also comes with a condition that the applicant work out a cost sharing plan for a Pressure Reducing Valve required by the project. The applicant is responsible for getting a right-of-way encroachment permit from the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). That permit is required for public improvements required near U.S. 191 within the UDOT right of way.

Bynum thanked the commission for working with him throughout the approval process.

“Everyone at the city’s been really great to work with on this,” he said.

Commission member Laura Uhle was not in attendance at the meeting.

ByBy Rose Egelhoff

The Times-Independent