An artist’s sketch of the proposed Winslow Hotel. (Image courtesy of the city of Bainbridge Island)

An artist’s sketch of the proposed Winslow Hotel. (Image courtesy of the city of Bainbridge Island)

Public hearing set for Winslow Hotel

The controversial Winslow Hotel proposal now has a date with the city of Bainbridge Island’s hearing examiner.

A public hearing has been scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19 in council chambers at city hall.

The project needs an approved site plan and conditional use permit to proceed to development.

The Winslow Hotel is planned for two adjoining properties at 241 Winslow Way West and 253 Winslow Way West.

Madison Avenue Development is seeking approval for an 87-room hotel, with associated banquet space and meeting rooms, plus a restaurant, bar, spa, and back-of-house spaces.

According to the project plans, the hotel and residences are designed around a courtyard which includes preservation of a Giant Sequoia, a reflecting pond, ceremony space, a band shell, and landscaping.

The city notes that all parking for the hotel is located on-site, both under the building and as surface parking, and totals 143 spaces.

The site has the capacity for an additional 37 vehicles using stacked parking by valet attendants for a total capacity of 180 on-site spaces.

The project is opposed by its residential neighbors in downtown Winslow, and others on Bainbridge, who claim the project will add to traffic and parking troubles in the downtown. Opponents also claim the project will ruin the small-town character of Bainbridge Island.

Proponents note that the site is zoned for intensive development, and that traffic and parking issues have been analyzed and mitigated.

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