A hotel developer who received a $1 million incentive package Tuesday in Marina will ask the Seaside City Council on Thursday for exclusive negotiating rights for two possible hotels on city Fort Ord land. The Marina City Council on Tuesday voted 3-2 to approve a plan to waive about $1 million in up-front fees on a proposed Marriott Springhill Suites Hotel in the Dunes development. City officials say the money, and more, would be paid within a four-year period from bed tax revenues generated by the hotel — an estimated $500,000 a year. “If it doesn’t work out, no money is coming out of our hide right now,” Marina Mayor Bruce Delgado said Wednesday. “Right now, we have zero money coming in.”
A principal in the Marina hotel project by Peninsula Hotels Group is Seaside businessman Harbhajan Dadwal, who owns fast-food restaurants and other hotels in the area, Delgado said. Since the fall, Dadwal has been seeking negotiating rights for a hotel project on Fort Ord land in Seaside. On Thursday, the Seaside City Council is scheduled to consider approving those rights for a two-hotel project on five acres on Lightfighter Drive.
“I think his plan is to build at least one hotel in each city,” Delgado said. Dadwal said the proposed hotels in Marina and Seaside “are very much separate” and would be compatible. In September, Dadwal submitted a proposal for a two-phase hotel project on Seaside’s Fort Ord parcel known as the “26 acres” site. The proposal now calls for two, 120-room hotels and a 8,000 square-foot, sit-down restaurant, says a report prepared for the Seaside council.
One hotel would be a Springhill Suite by Marriott, and the other would be a Hampton Inns and Suites by Hilton, the report says. The exclusive negotiating rights would be for a year to refine the plan, complete a market study, submit a formal project application and complete the environmental review. Seaside City Manager John Dunn said he was aware of Dadwal’s proposal in Marina and the incentives approved by the Marina council. “It will be up to him to state whether the Marina hotel (proposal) has an impact on his proposal to us,” Dunn said Wednesday. Dadwal said construction could start by next summer on the Marina hotel. The Seaside project would take longer because of the environmental review process, he said.
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