City to Buy Hotel Site at the Crossing

The City Council will discuss details about the deal, which could bring a large, upscale hotel to San Bruno, at today's meeting.

After years of inactivity, the city has finally struck a deal to build a hotel at the Crossing.

The agenda for today's City Council meeting shows that the council will receive a report about the city's purchase of the vacant space of land near El Camino Real and Interstate Highway 380.

A new hotel would mean that the final piece would be put into place at the Crossing. The city has been waiting for more than a decade to build a hotel large enough to host meetings, private parties and weddings, and now it looks like that wish has come true.

Details about the deal won't be disclosed until today's meeting. But in a previous meeting, that two developers—San Diego-based developer Destination Properties, LLC, and Martin Regis Group, which owned the land on which the hotel will be built—were interested in the project.

Destination Properties said it was interested in developing, financing and operating a 150-room hotel—such as a Hyatt Place, Spring Hill Suites or Cambria Suites—on the 1.5 acre vacant site at the Crossing that would include about 4,000 square-feet of meeting space.

Martin Regis Group entered into an agreement on its own with a different developer.

City Manager Connie Jackson also previously suggested that the city could purchase the hotel site, which would give San Bruno more control over how the property could be developed.

The council has held several closed session meetings to discuss the deal, and it appears that the city has agreed to move forward with the last option—purchasing the site itself.

The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the senior center.

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John Hanson July 25, 2012 at 08:08 PM
How about a sports complex? We have a lot of empty Hotels.
watchfultaxpayer July 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I was wondering, does S.B. NEED another hotel/motel regardless of how 'upscale'? I recall the city wanted to build a 5 Star Restaurant at 'The Crossing.' It didn't pan out and instead we got Jack's which is, IMO, more in line for San Bruno's needs. It is a nice restaurant, good service, affordable prices. San Bruno is not a 5 Star city. Not to mention that location is walking distance of S & N gang activity. And like John Hanson questions, where is the money coming from to purchase the land and push this project forward? I was under the impression we are barely skimming by financially. I prefer to see the city concentrate on fixing the deplorable street conditions in many neighborhoods rather than start on another unneeded project. I suspect the transient tax might be the incentive.
John Hanson July 26, 2012 at 11:57 PM
The city has a bad track record for investing in REAL ESTATE. I don't know how much tax the city can collect on a empty Ho-tel. Jacks may get some more business. Anybody heard about the money the city got from the S.F. Giants? How about something for the city tax payer, since it is our money not the city councils.
watchfultaxpayer July 27, 2012 at 08:25 AM
I was ASTONISHED when reading page 4 of the Daily Journal on Thursday that our elected officials plunked down $25,000 in good faith money towards a $1.4 M purchase to build the hotel under discussion. This begs the question loudly, where is the balance of that not insignificant amount coming from? The article says it will come from "one time funds like developer fees and 'taxes the city has collected over the years.'" What taxes the city has collected over the years??? Is there a pile of tax $$$ money laying around that has been collected over the years and not yet spent just waiting to be used for another hotel??? I found the final paragraph alarming in its untruth. It reads that Jack's is a wonderful example of what can happen when patient. Patience had little to do with not being able to attract a 5 Star Restaurant to San Bruno that ' San Bruno deserved" as I recall the quote. I'm satisfied that we got Jack's as I stated BUT tell the truth. It was a 'default' choice since the 5 Star did not materialize.
Salina Welsh September 25, 2012 at 04:17 PM
This is a very good move what the city has done. We need to have more big hotel to bring in revenue. Most of good hotel in San Bruno is full during the summer. Travelers that willing to spend money will not stay in little motel that dotted around our main street. Look at South city, Burlingame and Milbrae, all have taken advantage of being close to the airport and built big hotel to attract airline crews, tourists and foreign$$. Even better if we have a say in what kind of development we want by being the land owner and not leave it too the mercy of the investor.


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