Originally published 9:47 p.m. Aug. 8.
Pier South Hotel will likely open Nov. 1, Pacifica Companies Director of Planning Allison Rolfe announced Wednesday as part of her regular report to Imperial Beach City Council.
Signs for the new hotel were also approved at the meeting.
Pacifica Companies have given Imperial Beach City Council and the public an update on the project once a quarter. The former Imperial Beach Redevelopment Agency purchased the land where the hotel was built for $7 million in 2010.
Upcoming for the hotel:
- Guest rooms completed by Sept. 1.
- Lobby, spa, fitness room and rooftop completed by Oct. 15.
A job fair for the new hotel will take place within a month to six weeks of the grand opening. Call 619-296-9000 ext. 247 for more information.
Part of the space Sea 180 Coastal Tavern will occupy is being reconstructed. An outdoor canopy area has been added, she said.
"The restaurant is probably going to be the last thing to complete. It's a pretty extensive redesign in order to accommodate the Cohn Restaurant Group and so we expect the restaurant probably won't be done until a day or two before our grand opening," Rolfe said.
The first official event at the hotel will be a reception for South San Diego elected officials hosted by Pacifica Properties and the South County Economic Development Council on the deck Sept. 26, she said.
Because of the involvement of all the players involved, Marriott Hotels as well as Pacifia Properties and its management, Mayor Jim Janney called the hotel "one step above" what the city and its former redevelopment agency initially expected.
"It's going that one step above, and I know that from our standpoint we wish it would have opened last year or even before or whatever but I think what we're getting here is probably something that's even a little bit more than what we expected in the beginning," he said. "Yesterday would have been a great day for completion but i guess we'll wait until Nov. 1."
The hotel was originally scheduled to open in August 2012 but was held back by multiple delays.
Seacoast Inn, a fixture at 800 Seacoast Dr. since the 1960s, was demolished in fall 2010.