ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - St. Augustine Beach city officials gave Embassy Suites the stamp of approval for its 42-room addition on Monday.
Phase II of the project will add a 15,000-square foot building onto the northern end of the property where a parking lot currently exists.
The building will be three stories — one story shorter than the existing hotel — with parking on the ground floor and hotel rooms on the top two floors. On top of the existing 175 rooms, the expansion would bring the total number of rooms to 217.
Parking was one of the main concerns with commissioners, who say the current number of parking spots is not enough for the visitors to the hotel’s restaurant, bar and event spaces. Because of the additional rooms, 49 parking spots will be added for a total of 259 parking spaces.
City Building Director Brian Law said at the time that Phase I was built, city code didn’t require hotels to add parking based on large rooms such as ballrooms and restaurants. Instead, the existing hotel simply followed the parking spot requirement per guest room.
Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve the project.