A hotel planned for downtown Lawrence was nixed by the Historic Resources Commission on Thursday night. The commission found the project did not meet the intent of the Downtown Design Guidelines, which were established to maintain the historic character of Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire streets.
The top three floors of the multi-story hotel would have included an 81-room TownePlace by Marriott, 36 apartments spread throughout the second and third floors, and a restaurant and wine bar on the ground floor.
The development team, which is led by Lawrence businessman Doug Compton and architect Mike Treanor, now can request a hearing before the Lawrence City Commission.
The Historic Resources Commission did approve a separate project at 1043 Ind., which is to become 50 two-bedroom apartments. At issue was relocating the building known as the Varsity House, which is currently at that address. The commission approved moving the building, which once housed varsity football players at Kansas University, to make way for the apartments.