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City slickness for East County

Construction on four-star Marriott expected to begin in January

Illustration of planned hotel
Illustration of planned hotel

Last week, the City of El Cajon closed on the sale of land at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues that will one day be occupied by a hotel. The Marriott will be the first four-star hotel in East County.

"The development of the east county's first high quality business hotel by a renowned company, such as Marriott, is a huge economic win for the City of El Cajon and it will be a key aspect of its Downtown," reads a promotional release from the city. "The hotel is expected to bring new jobs to the City and inevitably draw additional business investment."

Existing buildings at the site, which include unoccupied commercial facilities, will be used by police SWAT teams and local fire & rescue departments for exercises before being demolished in the coming months, with construction on the hotel expected to begin as early as January 2016.

A second luxury hotel is planned for the city, to be operated by Hampton Inns, a part of the Hilton hotel brand. It's slated for the site of the former police department headquarters on Fletcher Parkway, across from the Parkway Plaza shopping mall. The Hampton bid, at $4.1 million, was selected over bids from another hotelier at $4.8 million and a drugstore/fast-food proposal at $5.1 million because it was believed that the development would provide "the greatest overall economic benefit to the community."

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Illustration of planned hotel
Illustration of planned hotel

Last week, the City of El Cajon closed on the sale of land at the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues that will one day be occupied by a hotel. The Marriott will be the first four-star hotel in East County.

"The development of the east county's first high quality business hotel by a renowned company, such as Marriott, is a huge economic win for the City of El Cajon and it will be a key aspect of its Downtown," reads a promotional release from the city. "The hotel is expected to bring new jobs to the City and inevitably draw additional business investment."

Existing buildings at the site, which include unoccupied commercial facilities, will be used by police SWAT teams and local fire & rescue departments for exercises before being demolished in the coming months, with construction on the hotel expected to begin as early as January 2016.

A second luxury hotel is planned for the city, to be operated by Hampton Inns, a part of the Hilton hotel brand. It's slated for the site of the former police department headquarters on Fletcher Parkway, across from the Parkway Plaza shopping mall. The Hampton bid, at $4.1 million, was selected over bids from another hotelier at $4.8 million and a drugstore/fast-food proposal at $5.1 million because it was believed that the development would provide "the greatest overall economic benefit to the community."

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Maybe I don't fall in line with current positive speak, but I don't consider the Marriot Courtyard or the Hampton Inn as "luxury hotels." But maybe we are downgrading like they have done with the classification of rental cars.

Nov. 16, 2015

Well, they wouldn't be in SD, but in El Cajon they ARE. ;-)

Nov. 16, 2015

El Cajon is a third world toilet so it stands to reason that any newer style hotel would be considered four star. It will cater to Mark Arabo and his gang.

Nov. 17, 2015

The illustration shows a manicured lawn in front, so it MUST be 4-star. And I bet there will be carpeting in the rooms (not laminate, like in remodeled Motel 6 rooms).

Nov. 17, 2015

Alex, you have made several disparaging remarks about East County. What did folks in El Cajon or La Mesa do to you to cause you to harbor such vitriol?

Nov. 17, 2015

Wavvitsd: I lived and worked in El Cajon for over 20 years. It used to be where many hard working blue collar workers resided. It was family friendly. As time progressed the older apartments turned to slums. Now it is filled with third world anti American immigrants and drugged and drunk homeless dirt bags. Gangs who were rare now inhabit many neighborhoods. The crime rate is up as is the poverty rate. I live in La Mesa which is what El Cajon used to be.

Nov. 17, 2015

You've had ugly comments about La Mesa, too...like in your comments about the development on Commercial Street, where they are going to put in ANOTHER storage building, taking down the relatively nice mid-century building there now.

Nov. 18, 2015

In the pecking order of Marriott offerings, Courtyard is higher up than Fairfield Inns, their economy label. In the case of Hilton, Hampton Inn is also considered an economy label. Personally, I like Hampton Inn, but their rates are often far higher than anything I'd regard as "economy." But calling them 4-star or "luxury" is a definite stretch.

Nov. 17, 2015

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