It is often referred to as the Gilbert Oil site—having served as the location for the local oil company for decades.
The Paresi Design Studio's 1997 study proposed the site be used for a hotel and conference center.
The study called for a hotel and conference center atop a parking structure. The project would include a marina and waterfront promenade, as well—just like the other two hotel proposals in the study.
The proposed hotel called for 150 to 300 rooms, plus a destination restaurant or cafe.
Another structure was proposed across Water Street, including more parking and residential properties.
Streetscape improvements to Water Street were also included in the design.
The properties on either side of Water Street are privately-owned, providing hurdles to be cleared before such a project could be carried out.
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