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New Hotel in San Bruno?

How many people want a new hotel in San Bruno?

Just curious: How many people had a chance to voice their opinions on the city's decision in August to spend $1.4 million to build a hotel on the vacant lot at the Crossing?

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Claudia Quinn November 18, 2012 at 03:28 AM
I guess I need a "history lesson" on this. Can someone give us background on how we got to this stage? Thanks!
Chris Kiely November 18, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I remember a few pieces of the puzzle. When the plans for the Crossing were being put together years ago, one part of the plan was a hotel. If I remember right, it was put on the ballot in order to raise the height limits so that a hotel could be built. Voters approved, but then the economy went south, and no hotel was built. I also recall some controversy when the residential towers were built. I believe there was some feeling that there had been a bait & switch. (i.e. That voters had approved the extra height for a hotel, but instead, the developers had used the extra heights for apartments, without ever building the hotel.) So a hotel there has long been part of a voter approved plan. Now buying the property is a different story. The developer could have built a hotel anytime they wanted to, but didn't. So the City decided to buy it and find someone who would. We can look at it a couple of different ways. On the one hand, is the City basically deciding it knows more about the hotel development market than the property owner did? Are we comfortable with that? On the other hand, the City may have figured out that the developer didn't really intend to do a hotel, and was basically throwing up excuse after excuse. Could be other possibilities too. I don't know enough about the details to speculate as to what the real answer is. But to repeat what I said earlier, the idea of a hotel there was approved by SB voters.
Claudia Quinn November 18, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Chris thanks for the explanation. So I guess we're back to John's question as to how the city decided to spend the money to buy the land. It's interesting how decisions that take a long time to implement can be affected by our ever-changing economic situtation.
Peter Carey November 19, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I think from the get go it was suppose to be a "five star hotel".
Izec November 19, 2012 at 04:55 PM
No hotel, the less people that come through san bruno the better
John Hanson November 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Bids to build a new Hotel near the Crossing have to be in by Dec. 14th This should give us an idea, of the demand for a Hotel.
Mary an Stanley November 20, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I too didn't think it was a done deal! I think it is unnecessary and a waste of monies!! How many hotels does San Bruno need!!! Which raises ANOTHER question!!! Has the prostitute problem at one of our San Bruno motel / Hotel locating on El Camino Real Across the street from Chiles been taken care of????? It's a disgrace!!

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