Pictured above is the rendering of Home 2 Suites presented at Wednesday night’s Marysville Design Review Board meeting for the new hotel to go in on Colemans Crossing Boulevard. Board members expressed concerns at the color and materials used in the plan.
A new hotel is coming to Marysville, but the city’s design review board had a problem with one part of it: the color.
At its Wednesday night meeting, the board approved an application for a new hotel with the condition that the applicant will return with new colors to show members.
Robert Baker, speaking for Base4 Architecture, gave the board an overview of the project. The application is for a 101-room hotel on Colemans Crossing Boulevard near East Fifth Street. The brand is Home 2 Suites by Hilton.
There was confusion among the board members over which colors would adorn the final building. The applicant presented two different colorations of the building. Baker also gave the board a sampler of materials that will be used, which presented a third color scheme.
Baker singled out a palette that had dark red gaps in between the windows as the intended color. He said the other image was outdated, while the material sample included a color that may have been erroneously mixed by the paint company.
Board member Tim Schacht said, in his research of the Home 2 Suites brand, he found there doesn’t seem to be a unified look that it adheres to, as the darker brick found in another hotel of the same brand in Dublin might look nicer here.
“I’m not a big fan of the red,” he said.
Board members Virginia Golan, Melissa Marino and Pete Griffin agreed. Golan said the red color seemed too bold.
Baker said the applicant is willing to go back and look into using other colors, such as different gray tones. The applicant will return at a later meeting with updated colors to show the board.
Board member Brett Garrett voiced concerns about a material being used in the plan. He said the use of synthetic siding, or HardiePlank, in the areas between the windows could result in wear and tear in the future. He asked if it was possible to use brick instead.
Baker said HardiePlank is generally durable and in his experience, resistant to wear and tear.
He said as long as it’s installed off the ground, it’s a difficult material to damage.
“The only thing you can really do to it is hit it with a hard material, a hammer or something,” he said.
Other board members knowledgeable on materials agreed with Baker. Garrett said he’s comfortable with the opinion of the other board members, but reiterated his concerns.
“Based on my experience, HardiePlank doesn’t last,” he said.
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