Developer Wins Approval for Bigger North Beach Hotel

Susan Askew
Susan Askew

Developer Wins Approval for Bigger North Beach Hotel:

Project will be the first under north beach master plan

The developer of the hotel planned for the 7100 block of Collins Avenue received approval for an additional wing to take advantage of the recently approved increase in allowable FAR (Floor Area Ratio) in the North Beach Town Center area. Silvia Coltrane had already gone through the approval process but once voters gave the greenlight for the increase in density, she went back to the drawing board to include more hotel rooms and add residential condos.

This week the Design Review Board approved the new plans with conditions (including design changes to the façade). The project received the necessary Planning Board approval last month.
 
The original proposal was for a ten-story hotel. Without increasing the height or volume of the tower, the new plan includes an 11-story building connected to a five-story annex. There will be 187 hotel rooms, up from the original 179. Also added, 24 residential units.
 
Originally, the development – which will be the first project built since approval of the North Beach Master Plan – was slated to be 129,337 sq ft with an FAR of 2.59. It will now take up the full 3.5 FAR allowed at 174,200 sq ft. The height is unchanged at 125 feet.
 
The hotel will have a 134 seat bar/lounge and there will be almost 25,000 sq ft of ground floor commercial space.
 
Coltrane told the Board, “I hope that you see it as beautiful as I see it and that it will be something that is a plus for North Beach.”
 
When asked about the quality of the hotel flag, Coltrane responded, “Upper scale or upper upper scale.” Asked to clarify “Four or five star,” she responded “4 plus.”
 
She has received interest from European flags, she said, though at this week’s Commission Finance Committee, she said she was hoping to sign with a Spanish flag.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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