Dave Rice 7:17 a.m., May 20
Developers have come forward with a plan to build a 400-room high rise hotel at the corner of Broadway and Pacific Highway, on the former site of Lane Field, the original home of the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres.
The hotel would be dual-branded, with approximately 250 of the rooms being marketed under a brand such as the Hilton Garden Inn and the remaining 150 designed as extended-stay efficiency apartments, potentially branded as Homewood Suites.
The structure would also include retail and restaurant space, as well as 442 parking spaces, with 134 available to the public. The Port’s Board of Commissioners encouraged the developer to explore adding options for underground parking.
“No one can afford underground parking, but you need to look at all options,” said Board chairman Lou Smith to developers.
A coastal development permit was granted by the California Coastal Commission in 2009, though the current plan includes revisions for a smaller building footprint and approximately two acres of park and open space. Revisions will be presented to the Commission this November, and final approval for the project is expected in early 2013.
After being presented with the new hotel concept, the Port’s Board also approved a transfer of property ownership from Lane Field San Diego Developers, LLC to a new entity including Lankford & Associates, Phelps Development, and John Portman & Associates.