Preserve Historic Lodges: Chestnut Lodge and the Lord Apartments -- the oldest home in Montreat – would be fully restored. Adding private half or full baths would be possible in many of the rooms.
Expand Galax: A two-story addition onto the West side and back of Galax would provide nine bedrooms with private bathrooms, and an expanded dining room would accommodate more guests. Several of these rooms could be rented individually, separate from the rest of Galax. A large meeting room at the back could be accessible from any of the lodges.
New Lodge: This would include ten bedrooms with private baths; kitchen and ample meeting rooms. It would be fully ADA accessible, with 3 tiers (built into the slope) and porches overlooking front and back.
Connecting green space: Newly-landscaped green space would be close to 17,000 sq ft, stretching from the middle commons to the area south and east of Chestnut Lodge. In addition, 8,000 sq ft of currently wooded space would be preserved. We envision paths and benches in part of these wooded areas. The spring that runs next to the Lord Apartments could be an attractive water feature, similar to a small stream.
Meeting rooms: Generous meeting space would be provided, equivalent to the MRA’s current model. The meeting spaces would be more flexible: some are embedded in the lodges and several are accessible independently. Three meeting rooms would be surrounded by natural green spaces (see images below). The common spaces outdoors would also accommodate many small and large outdoor meetings. Finally, the four buildings would have ample covered porches, furnished in an attractive manner that facilitates informal meetings and gatherings.
Parking: Because the renovated lodges do not add bedrooms, the zoning ordinance requires fewer new parking spaces. We are presenting the MRA with specific ideas that would fully satisfy these requirements. This would not include a parking garage.