By Emily Roach, via Palm Beach Post
BOCA RATON — Hyatt plans to bring a 200-room hotel to downtown Boca Raton near the Mizner Park shopping center and Sanborn Square park.
A development application filed with the city Tuesday proposes to build a 13-story hotel, parking garage and 8,000-square-foot restaurant at the southeast corner of Federal Highway and Palmetto Park Road, within the city’s Downtown Community Redevelopment Agency boundaries.
The nearest hotel in the area is the Boca Raton Resort and Club, but Hyatt Place is a brand for business travelers and families with more modest budgets. It will be perched in the middle of the downtown shopping and entertainment area.
“A lot of regulars come to Mizner and Royal Palm Place. This opens up a whole new tourism opportunity for Downtown Boca,” Downtown CRA manager Ruby Childers said. “This would certainly bring a whole new level of visitors to downtown.”
The 146,250-square-foot hotel would have parking on floors two through five, and hotel rooms on top of the limited-access garage, according to the development application. The pool will be located on the roof.
Hyatt has been active in Palm Beach County in the past five years, opening a Hyatt Place in downtown West Palm Beach in 2009 and Delray Beach in 2012.
The Kolter Group is developing the hotel. It also developed the other Hyatt Places, as well as luxury condos and multifamily communities in several Palm Beach County locations, and is planning to develop the Briger tract in Palm Beach Gardens, which is set aside as a biotech research hub to expand The Scripps Research Institute.
The downtown Boca Raton property is part of the Ram Realty project that includes The Mark at CityScape, a residential condo [sic] [recte apartments] under construction to the southeast of the corner.
Childers said the property is zoned for hotel use under the downtown regional impact zoning throughout the CRA area, which is a T-shaped area running west to east from Crawford Boulevard to Northeast Fifth Avenue and north to south from the Boca Museum of Art to the Camino Real area.