Scanlon said the area is zoned for commercial/industrial buildings. The City Council would have to vote for a zoning change for Cummings to build apartments or condominiums, he said.
Scanlon said he would be "reluctant" to see a residential building at the site.
"I'd rather have it be commercial/industrial or the hotel that they've got approval for," he said.
Beverly currently has two hotels, the 92-room Wylie Inn at Endicott College and the 23-room Beverly Garden Suites on Lakeview Avenue in North Beverly.
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