St. Regis Hotel and Residences on Longboat Key Receives Final Approval
The St. Regis Hotel and Residences on Longboat Key received final approval on Wednesday to develop a five-star resort on the site of former The Colony and Tennis Resort, this time with unanimous backing from the city commission.
However, the approval was not without extensive discussion from the Longboat Key commissioners after city staff discovered that parking requirements for the hotel portion of the project had not been met.
Previously, some Longboat Key commissioners had balked at a reduction in parking spaces after the developer requested changes to a plan that was chopped up in 2018. There was also some dissatisfaction with the proximity of some of the structures. axillary with erosion control line. .
The total number of parking spaces required by city code for the complex that will eventually see 67 condos and 166 hotel rooms built in the 1600 block of Gulf of Mexico Drive is 405.
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The project provided all of these spaces, but the way they were distributed had more space than needed in the residential section, leaving a parking gap for the hotel.
Chuck Whittall, an Orlando-based developer behind the St. Regis project, found a solution between October 6, the date of the first approval, and Wednesday’s meeting.
Commissioner BJ Bishop noted at the start of the meeting that some of the documents provided by the development team had arrived as early as 7:39 a.m. on Wednesday.
The plan to provide the required spaces in the hotel would see elevators used on 62, allowing two cars to be parked in one space, exceeding the required parking by one space.
Commissioners Bishop and Debra Williams had previously expressed reservations about the reduction in parking spaces in the 2018 development plan between the city and Unicorp Developments Corp of Whittall.
Bishop, who installed an elevator in his own garage on Longboat Key, grilled Whittall and parking elevator experts provided by the development team on what types of cars could use the elevators and how they planned to do them. operate at large events.
But in the end, she said, the parking problems that could arise from the elevators would not be her problem to solve; his duty was just to make sure the property had the required parking.
Bishop and Williams also had issues with the location of a pair of open-air structures that the developer planned to build closer to the erosion control line than city code allowed. An erosion control line is a state surveyed line that differentiates between a private beach and public land.
The problem was an event pavilion that would have been built about 75 feet from this line and a “Monkey Bar”, which is a tribute to The Colony’s famous beach bar, would be built about 108 feet from the line of control. erosion.
The committee decided by majority vote to clear the Monkey Bar, but refused the pavilion for the event.
While Bishop and Williams voted against final approval of the site plan at the October 6 meeting, Bishop said on Wednesday that she would never be happy with the location of the Monkey Bar, but that overall, she supported the project.
Audience applause erupted after the 6-0 vote. Whittall then invited all commissioners to the grand opening of the $ 600 million project on the property on Monday.