The Woodfin Suite Hotel and Timeshare Resort project, proposed to be located east of Via Marina between Marquesas and Tahiti Ways in Marina del Rey, was presented to the LAX Coastal Area Chamber of Commerce’s Marina Affairs Committee Tuesday, August 7th, at Tony P’s restaurant in Marina del Rey.

Markland Rousseau, president of Woodfin Suite Hotels, LLC presented information regarding the proposed project and said that the company is a California-based hotel ownership and management company, offering small-to-mid-sized upscale all-suite hotels, with five hotels in California and 16 hotels in 11 states.

The proposed project would consist of a 19-story building that will include 288 hotel and timeshare suite units and a parking garage on the northern side of the project, according to Rousseau.

The project would feature an assortment of accessory patron- and visitor-serving uses, including a waterfront restaurant/bar, meeting/conference rooms, a spa, a fitness center with an outdoor pool, and an outdoor terrace overlooking the Marina.

The project would include almost 400 feet of public promenade, 28 feet wide, along the Marina’s edge of the parcel, bordering the public park and connecting with promenades of other developments and existing public access ways, stated Rousseau.

The new public park would be on the southern portion of the parcel and would be jointly developed by co-applicants Woodfin Suite Hotels and Legacy Partners, with Los Angeles County, featuring a restored and enhanced tidal wetland area that would provide the public opportunities to experience and learn about the unique wetland topography.

Woodfin and Legacy share a joint environmental impact report (EIR) and plan to fund the park, with maintenance to be provided by the county.

The project proposal also includes a waterfront restaurant bar, meeting rooms and a conference room, said Rousseau.

Traffic impacts and any required mitigation are being addressed in the joint environmental impact report, and adequate on-site parking is provided with 360 parking spaces, and non-automotive transportation is encouraged by the new public waterfront promenade, accessible through multiple access points available through this and other projects in the Marina, Rousseau said.

The schedule for the proposed project is anticipated to be early next summer for certification of the EIR, with construction expected to start at the end of next year and completion at the end of 2010, according to Rousseau.

The architect for the proposed project is Bruce Bailey of Gin Wong Associates.

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