The Aberdeen Planning Commission is in agreement with a proposal to rezone the former Nordic Inn property in South Aberdeen to a commercial residential designation so that it can be used for apartments as well as an inn.
The commission unanimously endorsed the plan last week, but the City Council has the final say. The property is currently in a general commercial zone.
The property — now called the Grays Harbor Inn &Suites — is being remodeled and the owner says one of his goals is to provide apartments for college students at Grays Harbor College nearby.
The new owners are husband and wife, Steven and Connie Kang, who applied for the rezone in February after purchasing the hotel on Dec. 31, 2013. The inn has 66 units, 26 of which he wants to remodel into studios with kitchenettes. Two-bedroom rentals also may be fashioned from some of 26 units, thanks to the connecting doors, Steven Kang said Monday. Forty rooms will remain part of the inn.
He said he plans to rent the studios for around $700 per month and keep all prices competitive, he said
Kang said he has spent $400,000 so far to remodel motel rooms in the inn’s Building A, the one closest to the Elk’s Club. Building B is about to get the same room remodel with new carpet, paint, electronically-keyed doors and furniture.
If the council approves the rezone request, Kang hopes to begin work on fashioning Building C, the one farthest west, into the apartments at the end of April.
The Kangs have been in the motel business for 12 years and sold a motel in Fife to purchase in Aberdeen, Kang said. They are moving to Aberdeen from Bellevue and will live on the property. He decided to convert 26 of the units into apartments at the suggestion of the city, he said.
Kang declined to say how much the couple paid for the inn and an additional smaller parcel of land, both listed at 1700 S. Boone St., for a total of 6.38 acres. The Grays Harbor County Assessor’s database sets value of the buildings, built in 1967, at $902,770 and the land at $193,406. The other parcel of land is valued at $485.
If all goes well with the remodel and development, Kang says they plan to develop the acreage further, perhaps into more apartments and housing.
Erin Hart, 360-537-3932, firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @DW_Erin