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Imperial Beach Tidelands Review Board Vote to Approve Proposed Imperial Beach Resorts Hotel

Mar 14, 2017 09:54PM ● By Paul Spear

Monday, the Imperial Beach Tidelands Review Board Voted 3 to 0 to Approval the proposed Imperial Beach Resorts Hotel at Seacoast and Imperial Beach Blvd. Two members of the Board did not make it to the Tuesday Meeting. On Thursday, they Have Date with IB Design and Review Board at 4pm in the City Council Chamber's at Imperial Beach City Hall.

The proposed new hotel, zoned A1, would feature shops and the ground level, guest rooms on 2nd and 3rd floors as well as a restaurant on the 3rd floor with ocean view and visitor access to roof to enjoy looking out over Pacific Ocean and Tijuana Estuary.

James Knudsen, one of the owners of the proposed hotel said "It was very gratifying to see the amount of public support for The Imperial Beach Resort, at the Tide lands Commission meeting on Monday. We have striven to be a good neighbor as we design and build a first class hotel here in this wonderful community. We have appreciated the public input we have received at our various events where our plans were being shared. We have used these suggestions to make a better project, one that meets the planning and desires of the people of Imperial Beach".

He went on to say, "The Tidelands Commission reviewed our proposal and listened to public comments, they decided that the project was a benefit to the community and the goals of the City Planners. The next step is to present our project to the Plan Review Board on Thursday. The meeting will be in the Counsel Chambers at 4:00 PM. The continued support of those that attended the Monday meeting as well as any who would like to show there support would be appreciated".

Thursday at 4:00pm the proposed new hotel will be on the agenda for the Imperial Beach 

Design and Review Board. Last week the Imperial Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors unanimously voted to support the proposed hotel. Also, supporting the hotel is the Seacoasters Group who was represented in the meeting by Bob Miller. Moms from Mar Vista High School's Water Polo Team and Dig Imperial Beach also support approval of the hotel as did about 10 other residents that chose to speak at the meeting. There were 2 people who were not in support of the proposed hotel at the meeting.

Many of the people who spoke at the meeting cited the proposed hotel's support of Mar Vista High School Athletics & Local Non-Profits in the Imperial Beach Community.  The last two years the proposed hotel's contributions have played a big role in Imperial Beach being able to hold a 4th of July Fireworks Show. Two years ago, they contributed $9,000 of the $25,000 cost of the Firework Show. At this time, we don't have exact figures for last year's show but they are believed to be in the same range.  

 People also cited the hotels beautiful design which has been done to fit in with future plans for the Imperial Beach Pier area and Seacoast Drive and their willingness to make adjustment to their designs when requested. 

Also, mention as reasons for support of the proposed hotel was the tax that would be generated from the hotel. The tax would go a long way in generating funds for a lot of programs Imperial Beach residents have been asking the City of Imperial Beach for but that the City hasn't had the funds to Implement. 

After it receives approval from the Imperial Beach Design and Review Board the proposed hotel needs to receive approval from the Imperial Beach City Council and then would need other approvals from other agencies such as the California Coastal Commision. Imperial Beach Resorts is hoping for an opening by the Spring of 2020.

We have attached pdf documents above for downloading that show the designs and floor plans for the hotel.

If you have time we ask that you show up thursday at 4pm to support the hotel.

Last week the hotel sent out a letter to the community asking for their support in the meeting. Below is a copy of that letter:

Letter to Community from Imperial Beach Resorts

Imperial Beach, CA

The next step to achieve the goal of a first class tourist hotel on Seacoast Drive, is to present the project to the Tidelands Commission and the Plan Review Board. We are looking for your support at these events. It is vitally important to have community members and business leaders stand up and support the construction of this Hotel.

We have worked hard to create a beautiful hotel, that reflects Imperial Beach, we have met with the public and the city offices to receive input that we have used to make changes to enhance our inclusion in this beautiful city.

The Tidelands Commission meets   March 13, 2017 at 3 PM at the Imperial Beach Counsel Chambers

The Plan Review Board meets March 16, 2017 at 4 PM at the Imperial Beach Counsel Chambers.

It is important that both Boards hear from you. Your enthusiastic support for this project will go a long way toward moving this project forward.

Although speaking is the most impactful, showing your support by filling out the participation card as being in favor of the project but not wanting to speak is helpful. For those who are unable to attend but would like to participate please send an e-mail Tyler Foltz City Planner  subject: Support IB Resort.  Please send separate e-mails for the two meetings.

I would like to thank you for your support, and look forward to building this beautiful building in this great location.


James Knudson




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