By Ariella Monti, The Raleigh Public Record, Reprinted By The Raleigh Telegram With Permission
RALEIGH – Raleigh City Councilors Tuesday voted to move forward with negotiations to put a new hotel downtown, but they want to make sure the design fits in the space.
Developers want to build Residence Inn-Marriott on a piece of city-owned land on Salisbury Street near the Performing Arts Center. The proposed 11-story hotel will house between 140 and 155 rooms and include ground floor retail and restaurant space.
While it was clear that all city councilors wanted the Appearance Commission’s input into the project, there was some debate as to how early that could be done.
Councilor Thomas Crowder said they “need to have a very clear understanding of how this is going to integrate into the urban fabric downtown” and wanted the commission to be involved from the very beginning. He said the commission’s recommendations should be included in the city’s negotiations.
The company submitted conceptual plans, but generally, the Appearance Commission is not brought into the design process until site plans are created.
Councilor John Odom said he doesn’t want the new hotel to be another Mint, referring to recently-closed restaurant that sits on city property. He added that he didn’t want the city to design it and end up with a building that isn’t functional.
Ultimately, councilors approved moving forward and asked that the Appearance Commission become involved in the design at the beginning of the site plan process.
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Article Posted: Thursday, April 19th, 2012.
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