ROSWELL, Ga. — Now four years in the making, a boutique hotel project for Canton Street may soon come to fruition.
The Roswell City Council unanimously approved conditional use for a boutique hotel on the corner of Magnolia and Webb streets, with 14 conditions. Councilmember Marcelo Zapata was not at the meeting.
“The idea is to provide this particular area of town with a high-end hotel that complements the area,” said Ed Tate, representing the applicant Kevin Bryant. “It would provide lodging for businesses, visitors and tourists… there are no other hotels that serve this particular area.”
Some of the conditions for the project include 50 mandatory public parking spaces that will not be used as valet or hotel guest parking, installation of a trash compactor pad for sanitation, not converting West Alley into a one-way street and lighting approved by the Historic Preservation Commission.
One condition was changed to allow the applicant to build a total of 125 rooms, up five rooms from the original condition. The applicant will not exceed the original 73,350 square feet allotted for the project.
Along with the boutique hotel, the proposed site plan includes a 28,124-square-foot mixed-use building that can be used for banking, commercial use and as an event facility. The remainder of the site would be devoted to parking and garden areas.
The project’s current site has a Wells Fargo bank, a 25 parking space lot and a mixed-use retail building. The applicant’s team is working with Wells Fargo to keep the bank in the same location but in a new building, Tate said.
The council agreed to take off one condition requiring a westbound right-turn deceleration lane from Magnolia Street onto Mimosa Boulevard.
That lane would take away project space and hurt the mixed-use building that would house Wells Fargo, potentially driving the bank away, Tate said.
Judy Meer, Roswell Historic Preservation Commission vice chair, said that the organization likewise supported the elimination of the lane because it would needlessly put pedestrians at risk.
Many audience members who spoke about the hotel were supportive of the project, citing more parking spaces for Canton Street and more business for local restaurants and retail shops.
Dotty Etris, executive director of the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau, said she was incredibly pleased and excited about the project.
“It’s been 26 years now since we started the Convention and Visitors Bureau, and we get a lot of phone calls about people wanting to stay in the historic district,” Etris said. “We don’t have anything available for those people to stay in the historic district. This gives us another product to sell.”