Representatives for Hilton Garden Inn presented their plans for a 115-room, 5-story hotel to be located on the corner of Via Villagio and Sweetwater Ranch Boulevard, just east of the Estero Fire Rescue Coconut Point Station.
The proposed building will be undulated vertically and horizontally, and painted in three colors: Venetian yellow, classic yellow and white, along with simulated stone features and a tile roof. The amenities include a restaurant/bar, meeting room and pool.
They propose to have 10 off-site parking spaces across the street for use by the staff. They will be requesting a 4th sign on the wall of the building as well as a monument sign at Via Villagio Parkway in addition to the monument sign at the fire station at Sweetwater Ranch Boulevard. (Presentation)
A few of the comments from the Board included the fact that the addition of shutters would add to the beauty of the building, there is a lot of asphalt so additional landscaping would be appropriate in the islands, and the applicant will need to replace some of the existing plantings which have died, as well as enhance their proposed landscaping plan.
Public Comment: Frank Moser, representing the adjacent Rapallo community, spoke of his community’s concerns regarding flooding due to the increase in impervious surfaces of the hotel and parking lots. In particular, he stated the hotel should build a spillway to prevent flooding issues. Community Development Director Mary Gibbs stated this issue will be reviewed when the development order comes in.
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The next Design Review Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2019.