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Fat City is back and bigger than ever. The developer of land across the street from Solar Turbines manufacturing plant will appear at a CCDC Real Estate Committee meeting to pitch a new plan; to build two separate hotels on the 62,809 square-foot lot at the corner of Pacific Highway and Ivy Street in Little Italy.

This time around, developers GLJ Partners and architect Jonathan Segal's plan is to build two six-story hotels with a total of 364 rooms. Each hotel would have a separate lobby and entrance, as well as separate restaurants and outdoor swimming pools.

The former proposal to build a 232-unit condominium complex didn't go over so well with officials from Solar Turbines. Those officials threatened to move the plant from San Diego, saying that residential units so close to their plant would bring new, costly environmental regulations. The statements prompted the mayor and mayoral candidates Nathan Fletcher and Carl DeMaio to rally against the project, claiming it would kill jobs.

The proposal was later shot down by CCDC chair Kim Kilkenny.

In a staff report, CCDC staff shared some concerns about the new proposal. Staff said the design on some of the street walls was too plain and needed upgraded materials.

The Real Estate Committee will meet at 9 am in CCDC's headquarters located at 401 B Street in Downtown.

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SurfPuppy619 April 10, 2012 @ 9:49 p.m.

If ANYONE funds a hotel today, or tomorrow or even two years from now they are nuts.

I HIGHLY doubt there is financing for this kind of project today.

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91fatboy April 11, 2012 @ 4:10 p.m.

Why would someone be nuts if they financed a hotel project? There are thousands of projects like this going on across the United States. Banks loan this amount of money for these projects all the time. GLJ partners would not be proposing a project like this if they couldn't get the financing. You act like people are standing in bread lines. This isn't the great depression. Sure the economy is bad but not as bad as everyone makes it out to be. You really need to get your head out of your rear. MORON.

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Visduh April 11, 2012 @ 8:13 p.m.

I fail to see the real difference between the condo proposal and these hotels. Both are too close to a heavy industry facility (one of the few remaining on or near the waterfront) and should pose all the same issues as before. As Nancy Reagan was saying in the 80's, "just say no." CCDC, just say no. City council, just say no. Very simple.

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