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San Juan Planning Commission Approves “San Juan Hotel & Villas” Project

The OC Register has an article ($) on the San Juan Capistrano Planning Commission’s 3-2 approval of the “other” downtown hotel project: a mixed use development dubbed the “San Juan Hotel & Villas” on a little over 3 acres near the Judge Egan House and the Esslinger Building, and adjacent to Historic Town Center Park.  A rendering of the project is below:

source: City of San Juan Capistrano

The $43 million development will feature a 136 room three story hotel and 33 townhomes.  The townhomes would be either two or three stories high.  There will also be 2,700 feet of commercial retail and a 1,900 square foot restaurant.  The developer is proposing to extend Forster Street through the parcel to Del Obispo Street.  The developer is Urban Village Development, and it is being designed by Hannouche Architects of Newport Beach.   Below is a site map showing the configuration of the proposed project:

source: City of San Juan Capistrano

Previously, the Capistrano Dispatch reported that the property’s developer had reached an agreement with Hilton Worldwide to manage the hotel as a “full service, four-star Hilton.”  Parking has been an issue with this proposal.  The proposal provides for 139 parking space in a two-level subterranean parking garage and it appears that the developer has offered to build a third parking level with 70 stalls of paid parking, subject to a revenue sharing arrangement between the City and the developer.  Another concern with this project has been development phasing.  The City staff is concerned about the 33 townhouses being built first with no assurance that the hotel will be completed as part of an integrated development. City staff have suggested that a recorded covenant, coupled with developer representations, are sufficient to ensure that the entire project is completed.

The full Planning Commission Agenda is here, including the staff report, all of the developer’s submissions and public comments.


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