Proposal also includes a band shell, water feature and boardwalk

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Marco Island residents may soon be able to have it all at Veterans Community Park without having to spend a dime; a land developer has submitted plans to build a hotel on two parcels of land adjacent to park and will develop the park as part of the project.

Florida land developer Small Brothers, LLC has announced its plan to build a 165-room hotel at 580 Elkcam Circle and 870 Park Avenue. Some features of the hotel include a rooftop pool and deck, an enclosed parking garage and a four thousand square-foot restaurant, which will be leased to Rocco Whalen, a Cleveland-based chef and restaurant owner who’s been featured on the Food Network and Travel Channel.

As part of the project the company will also construct a band shell, water feature and waterfront boardwalk in Veterans Community Park, the development of which has been a recent subject of debate.

“Small Brothers, LLC recognizes that Marco Island is a beautiful city and understands the importance of Veterans Community Park as an incredible asset for Marco Island residents,” the company said in a news release. “The addition of these improvements to the Park, at no cost to taxpayers, and the beautifully designed hotel will be an asset for the City.”

Cleveland Construction – an affiliate of Small Brothers, LLC – will be the project’s construction manager and McHarris Architects will design the building. Boykin Hospitality Management Company – which manages several other hotels in the state, including a few in Fort Myers – will manage the hotel after its completion.

Hole Montes engineering firm is currently preparing a market study and competitive analysis, according to a news release, and land use attorney Patrick Neale will help present the proposal to city staff, the Planning Board and the City Council.

"We think [the community reaction] is going to be very positive because the amenities are things everybody wants, like restrooms and more parking," Neale said.

Part of the development of the park will include the creation of more than 100 parking spots along Park Avenue, Neale said, which is important because the current parking situation is "a mess," especially during special events such as the Farmers' Market.

"It's a win-win situation for everybody," Neale said. "Veterans Community Park will finally become what it should be without residents having to pay for it."

The Planning Board will review the proposal at its Aug. 19 meeting, which is at 9 a.m. in the community room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2018 should City Council approve the project.

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