On Aug. 29, the Carpinteria Architectural Review Board reviewed revised plans for a Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott––a two-story, 72-room hotel at 4110 Via Real. Though the board generally supported the building’s floor plan and configuration, the applicant’s architects were asked to bring back a more visually cohesive facade design with possible changes to the color scheme and added height diversity.

The 2.62-acre parcel proposed for the new hotel now contains the former Church of the Nazarene building, which would require demolition. The ARB has reviewed multiple iterations of the hotel project, and in 2017, the board recommended for approval a project architecturally similar to the one reviewed last week. Recent changes to plans were prompted by an environmental review that categorized a drainage swale on the property as a creek, which requires a 50-foot building setback.

The newest iteration of plans includes a downsized building to accommodate for the creek buffer. The room count was reduced from 102 to 72, reductions were made to overall building square footage and parking, and increases were made to the landscaped area. A new creek buffer restoration component was added.

The continuation of last week’s preliminary review will allow architects to make changes to the facade design, as well as other minor changes requested by ARB members. Further review should also allow for input from additional board members; only three of the five ARB members attended the Aug. 29 meeting.

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