Thursday, March 01, 2007

Suisun City Approves New Hotel

Suisun City Approves New Hotel
By Ian Thompson

SUISUN CITY - Suisun City's first hotel in 50 years got the backing of the Suisun City Planning Commission Tuesday night.

"It is beautiful," Commission Vice Chairwoman Tina Norman said. "We have waited a long time for this."

Basin Street Properties, a 30-year-old Petaluma-based commercial property owner and developer with projects in Northern California and Nevada, is building the hotel.

It will be part of the Hampton Inn & Suites chain which is run by the Hilton Corporation.

Plans call for a 63,000-square-foot, four-story hotel just north of Driftwood Drive and next to One Harbor Center along with a smaller two-story commercial or retail building.

A representative of developer Doyle Wiseman, who owns One Harbor Center, voiced concern about traffic using the roadway between the two buildings which the representative said is on property owned by Wiseman.

City planners said the differences between Wiseman and the hotel project will have to be worked out in meetings before the project can move forward.

This is one of two Hampton Inn & Suites hotels Basin Street is building. The other is a 113-room, three-story hotel in Windsor. Construction is expected to start in the spring on that project.

Once built, the hotel will be the first one in Suisun City since 1958 when the Arlington Hotel, the last of the town's once numerous hotels, burned to the ground.

The hotel is expected to bring in up to $300,000 a year in hotel taxes, about $10,000 in property taxes, create 25 full-time jobs and generate more customers for the city's waterfront restaurants since it won't have a restaurant of its own.

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