Panel hears plan to rehab Moose Lodge building

Steve Stefanides

Tammy Scott of the city's Growth Management Department brought the Planning Board up to date on challenges the Marco Island Moose Club faces as it attempts to renovate a building bought two years ago at the corner of North Barfield and West Elkcam Circle.

The applicant is faced with parking issues, landscape buffering problems and material and building construction that no longer meet new codes.

Plus, the building's landscaping protrudes into the city's right-of-way and moving it back on their property will further aggravate their parking situation, staff said.

Staff considers the building to be a non-conforming structure.

The parking requirement for the building and its use by a fraternal organization would require one parking space per every three seats within the building. A stand-alone restaurant would require one space per every four seats.

Much of the 10,000-square foot building would be used for storage unless some suitable off-site parking arrangements could be made.

Bill Collins, who represented the Moose at the hearing, gave an overview of the organization.

"We have women in addition to men who belong to our group. We are also including more families within our activities," said Collins.

City staff is also looking for an upgraded plan for improvements to the steel-shell building, according to Scott.

"We are willing to do what you want," said Collins. "We are willing to provide you with a five-year plan to move forward."

Board member Jack Patterson suggested the group might consider tearing down the old structure and building a facility that better fits the needs of the group as well as the new codes.

The board asked for a specific plan by the club and welcomed the organization back at the next meeting on March 20 to see how the plan will move forward.