Maybe it’s just me, but I was left with the impression that the Fairfield Inn and Suites folks thought they were doing our town a favor by building a motel here. I’m confused how someone who isn’t a local could think they know what is best for our town.
That aside, what part of a building that reflects the character of the town aren’t they understanding (“Developers revise plans for waterfront hotel in Astoria,” The Daily Astorian, Aug. 24)? The second plan submitted is less cobbled up than the first, though it could be Anytown, USA, and looks cheaply made, not to mention that it is still four stories, and will block the river view. People passing through town will be less inclined to stop and enjoy the other amenities we have to offer, not to mention the low-paying jobs will only add to the housing problem.
Perhaps if they weren’t in such a hurry to throw something together, they would have taken the time to absorb the flavor of our community and come up with a more fitting proposal, instead of the generic offering they submitted. I don’t think the Fairfield has a place in Astoria, and can only hope the review committee will not succumb to their bullying tactics.