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Portion of Seacoast Drive Closed As Hotel's Foundation is Poured Tuesday to Thursday

Traffic on the beach may be disrupted this week as the hotel to replace the Seacoast Inn reaches a milestone.

As cement trucks roll into IB this week to pour the 27-inch thick foundation of the hotel to replace the Seacoast Inn, streets will be closed and buses rerouted as a result.

Seacoast Drive between Daisy and Elm Avenues will be closed starting Sept. 13 but cement trucks will carry 400 loads to 800 Seacoast Drive starting at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday and is expected to finish around 9 p.m. The work may extend into Thursday morning.

Trucks entering and exiting the city will travel via two routes: north and south on Seacoast Drive and east and west on Imperial Beach Boulevard and Palm Avenue.

Parking at Dunes Park will be closed in order to stage the concrete pumping station and concrete trucks. During the concrete pour, Seacoast Drive will be closed between Daisy Avenue and Elm Avenue and bus and vehicular traffic will be rerouted to Second Street around this segment of Seacoast Drive Sept. 13 and Sept. 14.

Within the coming months, the construction site will begin to look more like a hotel as workers begin to build the structure.

The podium deck rebar and concrete will be poured in October 2011, said Allison Rolfe, project manager with Pacifica Companies

The structural steel framing will start in November 2011, while wood framing for the second, third and fourth floors will start in December 2011.

The four story, 78-room hotel is expected to open in August 2012.

, on the other side of Dunes Park near the hotel, will have a $5.99 breakfast special starting at 7 a.m. for those interested in watching the process take place Wednesday.

Dick Pilgrim September 15, 2011 at 03:05 AM
With the new hotel scheduled to open next year what does IB have to offer the tourist to entice them to spend time in the hotel? Are any of the businesses along Seacoast / Palm planning upgrades to attract and hold people here? One of the attractions for ecotourists, the Tijuana Slough Visitor Center, is scheduled to cut back operating days due to State budget cuts. This means no interpretive walks around the Park, no one to refer visitors to local restaurants/hotel, no place for the hotel to advise visitors to be sure to visit when beach time is done. The hotel will not stand alone, is the business community preparing to take advantage of this new asset?

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