Third hotel may come to Jekyll Island
The Brunswick News
January 23, 2013
By Nikki Wiley
A third hotel could join Jekyll Island's proposed beach village after the board governing the state park voted to five a developer an extra 1.95 acres of land.
Jekyll Landmark Associates, which is responsible for developing the 200-room Westin, presented a plan to the Jekyll Island Authority last April involving a 39-room beachfront cottage facility that would serve as an extension of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel.
The decision by the Jekyll Island Authority, bade by its board during its monthly meeting Tuesday will bring the total land mass set aside for Jekyll Landmark Associate to 6.42 acres.
While the cottages have been approved only conceptually, its developer may be able to construct the facility adjacent to the Westin if the plans are officially approved at a later time.
“This does not take away any of the opportunity for the board review and approve the concepts for the 39-beach suite property,” said Jekyll Island Authority Executive Director Jones Hooks at an authority meeting.
The cottages and Westin would join a 120-room Hyatt Place and retail center that would form a town center at the main waterfront near the Jekyll Island Convention Center.
The new hotel would contain three three-story buildings and have guest rooms, a swimming pool a small lawn were events could be held and its own guest check-in area independent from the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the developer said in April.
Original revitalization plans called ‘for three hotels, but when construction plans were drawn, the third hotel was dropped because more space was needed for the Westin hotel and additional parking was planned for Great Dunes Park.