Hotel Roundup

Hotel Roundup

Two new hotel projects move forward

The Planning Board unanimously approved two hotel projects to move forward on the path to construction at its July 22 meeting. 

The Board approved the final architectural design for a Holiday Inn Express at 1825 Park St. at the meeting. The four-story hotel will house 96 rooms and 62 parking spaces. The City Council already approved the architectural design at a meeting in March, but requested the Board review the design one more time. With the Board’s approval that hotel can begin construction. Design changes include new exterior material, adding decorative floor tiles at the main entrance window length adjustments and more.

The limited number of parking spaces was a contentious component of the design review. The project was appealed by UNITE HERE Local 2850, a hotel labor union, on Feb. 6 because of the limited parking. Projects such as this are required to have 96 parking spaces, or one parking space for each room, unless the Planning Board approves a parking reduction. The City Council rejected the appeal and approved the parking reduction a month later. The approval is dependent on the hotel providing a 24-hour shuttle to prominent destinations in the area, building a bus shelter and designating a space for ridesharing pick-ups/drop-offs.

The project was initially brought to the board by Paul Patel for Ganesha, LLC on Oct. 26, 2017. 

The Board also approved the final architectural elevations, landscape plan and lighting plan for a Marriott Resident Inn at 2900 Harbor Bay Pkwy. The proposed five-story hotel will house 172 rooms, a freestanding restaurant and a coffee shop. 

The new landscape plan includes more evergreen trees and shrubs on the north side of the site and shrubs at the top of the three-foot berm along the south side of the parking lot. The lighting plan includes reducing the number of lights on the building and in the parking lot to minimize night time illumination for the neighbors and adding public access signs.The elevation plans include elegant window details and clear story glazing above all ground floor canopies. The project will move to the City Council for approval of the new plans.

The hotel application was initially brought to the board by Robert Leach for Harbor Bay Hospitality, LLC in Oct. 2018.