Don Bauder 10:30 a.m., Sept. 23
Fat City Hotel Proposal to Be Heard Tomorrow at CCDC Committee Meeting
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.