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Oxford Suites clears city hurdle Plans to build hotel on corner of 4th and Pine streets

Posted: Monday, Jan 27th, 2014

This is the view from a balcony at the Pismo Beach Oxford Suites location. This is similar to the layout of most of their hotels and illustrates the setting they are trying to create.This mock up is the possible front view of the new hotel. It is planed to be a five story construct on the corner of 4th and Pine Streets in Paso Robles. Contributed by Paso Robles City

PASO ROBLES — After four months of communication between the Paso Robles Planning Commission and the owners of Oxford Suites and Hotels, plans for construction of hotel on the southern edge of the downtown have been finalized.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, the city announced that they approved construction of a 127-room hotel on the corner of 4th and Pine streets. Ed Gallagher, Paso Robles Director of Community Development, was excited about the new project and what it will bring to the city.

“The hotel contacted us about four months ago about this site we were offering for commercial use,” said Gallagher. “We approved their plans and now they may go ahead and with their permits. We are always excited to have plans like these go forward and provide more jobs to improve the economy.”

The business could employ to 100 people in positions such as housekeeping, catering, hospitality management, general staff, and pool and spa staff.

Oxford Suites was established in the late 1990s in Oregon and has since made its way to 14 cities in Oregon, Washington, California and Idaho. The closest Oxford Suites run hotel to the new location in Paso Robles is Pismo Beach for those that would like a sneak peak at the amenities they may offer.

The hotel chain is known for being a pet-friendly hotel, allowing patrons to travel and house their pets as guests. The Paso Robles location will also offer 5,300-square feet of meeting space, an outdoor pool, spa, sauna, steam room, full exercise facility and onsite catering for meetings and events.

The suites will be decorated with the height of comfort in mind. With plush bedding, a sitting room and a desk area it will have many creature comforts.

The concern of many residents in regard to these types of projects has been water usage. In the environmental report released by the city as a negative mitigated declaration of environmental impact, the plans for development were found to have little to no impact on the surrounding environment. According to the report, it is estimated that the use and conveyance of water will be around 7.7-acre feet per year as of 2015 with a potential build out in 2018, upping usage and conveyance to 10.8-acre feet per year.

According to the city, this qualifies as a mitigated impact. Gallagher said that as soon as the group gets their building permits through the city they would be able to begin construction.

“The new property owners have expressed plans to get their building permits by spring,” said Gallagher. “They plan to be at least close to finishing construction by 2015.”

For more information on this project and others, visit www.prcity.com.

For the complete article see the 01-28-2014 issue.

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