By Hector Florin
The Delray Beach Marriott plans to expand its 271-room hotel with 36 additional suites in two new buildings, as well as add space for shops and a new kitchen for banquets, and expand its restaurant space and pool deck. City commissioners on Nov. 3 approved three development waivers associated with the revamp of the hotel on State Road A1A and East Atlantic Avenue. Two of the waivers allowed for visibility to be reduced for the exit and entrance ramp into the hotel’s parking garage. “I think this is a huge mistake,” resident Kevin Warner said at the meeting, citing concerns of cyclists, pedestrians and drivers trying to cross in front of the garage. “It’s just unsafe.” Nine cabana suites will be part of new two-story addition, a plan that required a third waiver because the building won’t meet minimum 25-foot-high standards. Another 27 suites will be built in a new four-story building that will front Atlantic Avenue. The four-story addition will also include shops. Commissioners unanimously approved the development waivers, with Commissioner Gary Eliopoulos abstaining because he is the project’s architect.