Champlin’s returns to HDC with landscape plans

Representatives of the new owners of Champlin’s Marina (Great Salt Pond Marina Property, LLC) came before the Historic District Commission on Monday, March 22 with their second application before the board. The first application was to replace windows, trim and siding. This application is for hardscaping and landscaping at the resort off West Side Road (Plat 19, Lots 5 and 6).
Champlin’s Project Executive Mark Banfield introduced Landscape Architect John Carter, who walked the commission members through the proposed layout plans for the property.
“What we tried to do was bring a little bit of organization to [the property] and create a sense of arrival,” said Carter.
The proposed layout plans include improvements to the entrance with a roundabout, parking spaces, and trash areas, as well as improved plaza and patio areas down by the Great Salt Pond that will be surrounded by decorative pilings, benches, railings, plantings, and lighting.
“Our main feature as you can see is a circle – a roundabout – that creates, in our opinion, a sense of arrival,” said Carter.
“It’s easy to come through, and around, to pick up and drop off,” added Banfield.
The HDC members spent a good deal of

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