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Pier South Hotel to Open Nov. 1

Sea 180 Coastal Tavern, the hotel's restaurant, is not expected to be ready until days before the Pier South Hotel opens its doors.

Recent photo of what will be Sea 180, a Cohn Restaurant Group eatery at Pier South Hotel. Photo credit: Pacifica Properties
Recent photo of what will be Sea 180, a Cohn Restaurant Group eatery at Pier South Hotel. Photo credit: Pacifica Properties

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.

Libi Uremovic August 09, 2013 at 08:14 AM
'..."one step above" what the city and its former redevelopment agency expected....' no it isn't - it was originally advertised to be a 5 star hotel, but that's not happening... council is so accustom to lying that they lie when there's nothing to lie about...
Libi Uremovic August 09, 2013 at 08:21 AM
the lamp in the last picture is tilted ....is it made to stand at an angle...?
Vanimaniac August 09, 2013 at 09:24 AM
Yes Libi, that is the design. The base is flat, but the lamp's design is to make it tilt forward.
Libi Uremovic August 09, 2013 at 10:53 AM
thanks vanessa...odd to see in a picture, but i can understand the practicality in the design...
Ed Kravitz August 09, 2013 at 10:55 AM
Maybe they got overheated and melted? Maybe they were factory defects and someone got a discount? Nice Mirrors and view! Maybe it's a sobriety device? When the lamp is standing correctly ,you know that you are fully intoxicated? That's why they pay high price designers to decorate hotel/condo/timeshares...whatever you call these units. Looks a lot better than the previous rooms at the Seacoast Inn...at about four times the price.
Jon Hall August 09, 2013 at 10:59 AM
Meanwhile, while *dignitaries*, the media, and new owners of this prime beachfront property are enjoying the festivities the people who paid for the land, tolerated the construction, and have lost a piece of their history will of course be told to stay home so as to not get in the way ...
Ed Kravitz August 09, 2013 at 12:14 PM
You saw this movie before?
Kay Kardian-Porter August 09, 2013 at 01:13 PM
We shall see!! If it opens in November.
barbara August 09, 2013 at 02:02 PM
I still think I or someone should start a wagering pool for opening date/time... then split the profit with the winner of the closest guess and businesses who lost $ or had to relocate due to the still-on-going construction, traffic mess, etc.
Chico&The Man August 10, 2013 at 01:16 PM
All that furniture came from Tony's Liquidators and Resellers of Fine Hotel Furniture on 13th st
Libi Uremovic August 10, 2013 at 01:18 PM
'...All that furniture came from Tony's Liquidators and Resellers of Fine Hotel Furniture on 13th st ...' they didn't buy new furniture....??
Kay Kardian-Porter August 10, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I have gone to Tony's a few times. I'm not sure where Isla got her information I just do not see how they could have furnished a whole hotel from Tony's, I know Tony's purchased some of Hotel Dells furniture I purchased a few pieces myself. Can Isla show proof that this was the case? Or is it word of mouth...just saying!!
ibcalif August 10, 2013 at 02:52 PM
This is bad news for Ed and Libi, who have loudly proclaimed the hotel wouldn't open before spring 2014, if ever. I look forward to Libi's scathing review of the type of table linens and stemware the restaurant plans to use.
Chico&The Man August 10, 2013 at 03:04 PM
Did you really think the hotel would really go that route ? You dint doubt it though...
ibcalif August 10, 2013 at 03:15 PM
The recent Tony's/Hotel Del furniture news is probably what made it sound possible.
Chico&The Man August 10, 2013 at 03:19 PM
All the furniture at our lodge in panama is hand made from exotic hard and soft woods what a great oportunity to purchase from a place like tony's in a way..
Ed Kravitz August 10, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Dear ibcalif Regarding your posts of August 10, 2013 at 02:52 PM "This is bad news for Ed and Libi, who have loudly proclaimed the hotel wouldn't open before spring 2014, if ever" You are making something personal against myself and another person. I can't speak for the other person but I have never made such a statement. I would point out however that the hotel schedule has changed several times over the years and if I was going to post a wise crack....It might be "NOVEMBER 1st OF WHAT YEAR". I prefer to take a "LETS WAIT AND SEE ATTITUDE" Does the Coastal Commission know you're going 4 stories?
frogy August 10, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Something in one of the previous post caught my attention, "4 stories".
Ed Kravitz August 10, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Perhaps this would be as good of a time as any to ask Councilwoman Bragg about her previous experience working for this particular Spa? Did that spa ever get a grant to help pay Ms. Braggs wages when she was allegedly employed there? If there was a grant; where did it come from and who thought it up and executed it? Was Diane Rose involved in any way? And does this favored Spa have or ever had a relationship with any elected or appointed municipal leaders or their immediate families? Are they just customers; friends or possibly more? How did Pacifica or Marriott advertise the openings for Spa and Food Service and to what extent does the city subsidize the food, beverage or hotel operations?
Kay Kardian-Porter August 10, 2013 at 07:55 PM
Ed about the owner of the spa. I know she very good friends with the Janneys. I remember she use to come into the OAP store. She use to do flower arrangements and would display them at Wally's. Then she was running the gym off rainbow and not the spa. So I don't know if this has any reason behind the sigh. take care
Chico&The Man August 10, 2013 at 08:36 PM
Ed of course its all interwined
barbara August 10, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I'm glad she's there...at least it's a local business! And as I recall they had to get/make a special exemption to go 4 stories.
Ed Kravitz August 10, 2013 at 09:04 PM
They got an exemption to go 3 stories or maybe it was 40 feet. Someone check the paperwork please. Then they got an exemption to raise the elevators and stairwells to the roof. That was so they could maintain the roof. Then it was going to be a bar and food service. And according to the last post they are building out from the elevator shafts on the roof (4th floor) for food service? First it was just a roof and now it grows. Who gave the variance to build out on the roof (4th floor)? The City? The Coastal Commission? When were these hearings held? Did I miss something?
Kay Kardian-Porter August 10, 2013 at 09:14 PM
I smell a skunk!!
Ed Kravitz August 10, 2013 at 10:40 PM
John Haupt spent 9 years trying to put a roof on Woodies Patio at the Beach Club Grill because every time it rained or the wind blew up, his furniture was blown around and too wet to sit on .If he felt it was necessary to put a roof on his place so close to the hotel...what will happen when the wind blows up over the hotel? How much rain and condensation will impact the rooftop dining before it has to be fully inclosed. Probably needs to be inclosed for health department reasons to keep flies off the food and drink maybe? It looks more and more like a 4th floor as every increment increases it's size. If you wanted 4 floors....why didn't you ask the Coastal Commission for it? Oh? They wouldn't approve it maybe?
Robin Clegg August 11, 2013 at 01:00 PM
I was at a City Council meeting with hoteliers and this was long after the hotel was approved. They stated that the elevator has to go I think 6 or 8 feet beyond the last story of a building for the "return" of the elevator. It made great sense to me when I heard it. If you had a 3 floor building you would then have to have this additional footage for the "elevator return" I don't know that this helps the discussion but thought I wwould share.
Ed Kravitz August 15, 2013 at 11:43 AM
Thanks Frogy and Robin for helping me. I made a mistake and I will admit it here. I meant to say 5 stories. We're going to look up the coastal permit and will post or print the appropriate part. My understanding was it was originally a variance for 40 feet. Nancy McCabe Commission. They went back for a second variance to take the elevator shafts to the roof level another 10 feet. I don't believe there is anything in that permit that allows additional construction on the roof or what would be the 5th floor. We'll see what the documents say. It has been several years since the Coastal Commission decided this issue. I want to thank the majority of citizens who post on the patch for being polite and civilized and must say that certain group that posts here has for the time being backed off a little on the personal attacks. THANK YOU and hopefully we can keep a healthy community dialogue as civil and polite as possible in the future and stay on subject without more personal attacks. If the permit was for the elevator....it wasn't for additional construction beyond the elevator equipment housing and shaft.
Ken December 08, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Nov. 1st? Really? I think it took less time to build Lowes.

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