City extends arrangement with downtown resort developer

Fullerton Metropolis Council has authorized a third extension to an exclusive negotiating arrangement with Parkwest Basic Contractors for potential development of an upscale boutique resort around the coach station downtown, on what is now a parking large amount located at the southeast corner of East Santa Fe Avenue and South Pomona Avenue. The extension is by December 2022.

Experienced the Council not extended the settlement, the home would have fallen beneath the provisions of the Surplus Land Act and come to be suitable for economical housing.

At the August 17 City Council meeting, developer Craig Hostert argued that a hotel would give an ongoing income supply for Fullerton in the variety of mattress taxes and gross sales taxes.

Quite a few members of Unite Here Regional 11 (a hospitality employees union) spoke against the task, arguing that the venture would get absent from resort employment elsewhere, and that what the City requires is cost-effective housing, not another resort.

Associates of Unite Right here Nearby 11 protest towards a proposed downtown hotel outside Town Corridor on August 17. Photograph by Saskia Kennedy.

“I perform as a busser at the Disneyland resort,” reported a community commenter named Maria. “Fullerton need to use their public land in profit of all the public. Our public land ought to offer with the issues that are most essential to us in this moment—the housing crisis.”

Danielle Wilson from Unite Here questioned that the City lease, alternatively than sell, the home so it can retain control and advantage economically from owning the property.

Mayor Whitaker, alongside with Mayor Pro Tem Dunlap and Councilmembers Zahra and Silva explained they help the resort strategy due to the fact it will deliver income and careers to Fullerton.

Councilmember Jung, who voted against the arrangement extension, said that he prefers the land be used for reasonably priced housing.

Artist notion rendering of proposed hotel in close proximity to the prepare station downtown.


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