A proposed hotel rejected Aug. 13 by Delaware City Council is back in the form of a new application filed with the city Sept. 17.
Unlike the original proposal, the new application seeks to build a hotel on West William Street that would not require rezoning.
Three of four City Council members who voted down the original hotel plan Aug. 13 cited the need for rezoning as a primary objection.
Developer Jim Manos said the application submitted Sept. 17 seeks approval for a hotel at 235 W. William St. The site is zoned planned office institutional, which allows a hotel as a conditional use.
His previous plan sought to situate the project on both 235 and 239 W. William.
A rezoning would have been needed to allow the hotel's parking lot at 239 W. William, which is zoned residential.
Council rejected that plan, which would have created a 3-story hotel.
Manos said the new plan will be a 4-story building with parking on the bottom floor, constructed as an addition to a house Ohio Wesleyan University professor Hiram Perkins built in 1880.
Before the Aug. 13 vote, Councilman Chris Jones said he objected not to the hotel but to rezoning residential land, which he said would set a precedent.
Councilwoman Lisa Keller also voted against the plan, saying the city lacked support from the site's neighbors to rezone the residential property.
Another vote against the rezoning was cast by Councilman Jim Browning, who said he agreed with Keller about the lack of rezoning support.
Manos said the proposed 4-story building would have 11 parking spaces on its first floor, eliminating the need for parking at 239 W. William.
The new building plan calls for 43 rooms, the same as the original proposal.
Manos earlier noted planned office institutional zoning allows a maximum building height of 68 feet -- more than is needed for 4 stories.
He said he expects the city planning commission to review the new application in October. He also said he hired zoning attorney Chris Brown of Columbus-based Smith and Hale LLC to represent him during the process.
In its review of the original proposal, the city zoning department said Manos has the right to demolish the Perkins house. Manos said that's never been his goal.
He said he owns "tons" of Ohio Wesleyan memorabilia, some of it dating to the 1860s, as well as items related to the Little Brown Jug.
He plans to make Wesleyan Inn "a museum in addition to a hotel. ... It will be a destination" for visitors, he said.
He said he'll follow his original plan of demolishing the house on 239 W. William St. and likely will plant trees there. He also said he will purchase 243 W. William and rent out the house there.
Neighbors of the site who criticized the plan at earlier council meetings objected to what they said will be traffic problems the hotel would create.
Manos said the latest traffic plan calls for a left-turn lane -- installed at his expense -- for westbound traffic on William Street entering the hotel site, and no changes to on-street parking.
Another element of the traffic plan is a second access point to the street, to be installed on the hotel's east side. It would allow entry only and would form a horseshoe shape behind the hotel as it leads to the existing entrance.