Waterfront Hotel Expansion Gets Continued Review on Thursday

A new building planned for the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina will continue to be reviewed during a public hearing Thursday night before the Salem Planning Board.

A view of the new building planned for the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina. Credit: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
A view of the new building planned for the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Marina. Credit: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates

The plan to expand the Waterfront Hotel and Suites will again go before the Salem Planning Board on Thursday night, according to the board's agenda.

The $12 million expansion plan calls for a new building perpendicular to the existing hotel and closer to the water’s edge, according to Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, which is designing the project for owner Rockett Management.

The new building will replace the existing marina building, according to the Planning Board and SMMA, and will include 36 hotel suites plus 14 apartments on the two upper floors, ranging in size from 850 to 1,400 square feet.

The new building will create a new entrance for the hotel and be connected to the existing hotel with a glass bridge. The plan also includes off-site parking at 25 Peabody St., according to the plans.

The plan first went before the Planning Board back in April.

The public hearing will be during the Salem Planning Board meeting on Thursday, which starts at 7 p.m. in room 313 at the City Hall annex at 120 Washington St.
Dan Faust July 16, 2014 at 08:47 AM
They better have a parking plan, South Harbor garage is already full.
john July 16, 2014 at 10:56 AM
They have already taken control of all parking spaces near the hotel with the exception of a couple for the bank. The only parking for all other businesses on the wharf are the one's on Wharf St. The condo owners also have a number of private spaces. The plan is to use the lot on the other side of the bridge, which they also own, for additional parking. In addition they will use the garage for overflow. I attended the last meeting and this is a very bad idea that will hurt all the small businesses on the wharf. They plan on adding a number of function halls and a restaurant in the new hotel. With this new addition along with the existing hotel it is conceivable that the hotels would use every space they have plus city spaces, leaving Pickering Wharf a very difficult place to go to.
Dan Faust July 16, 2014 at 11:04 AM
I have been parking in South Harbor for 8 years and there is no extra room for "overflow". All downtown residents that park there will be hurt by this.Its bad enough during snowstorms and Halloween, this will take it over the edge.
roger boulay July 16, 2014 at 07:36 PM
the rocketts don't care ....it's all about the bottom line


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