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Hotel is Happening: Will it Change the Housing Market?

Benefits of a new hotel in Imperial Beach.

What a great day in IB it is today. Going to the beach at O dark thirty for my morning surf I could hear the rumble of the concrete trucks and the glare of stadium lighting at the old Surfside 6 Motel site. I would almost call it a historical day but I’ll wait for the ribbon cutting of the new hotel for that.

So what will the new hotel do for our local Real Estate market? I am frequently asked!

In short nothing but good things. To see our city constantly improving with redevelopment in the right ways is exciting, even for this lifelong local. We will see an influx of visitors that will see what a great community we are and some may even consider investing or buying to live or possible a second home.

The only thing constant is change and Right Now we are in the midst of it.

With the new hotel our local dining and lounging establishment may flourish. Some may even choose to expand or enhance. Just another benefit we should enjoy.

I plead with the owners and operators of the new hotel to offer and maintain a quality product and to give the quality service we are hoping for. To take advantage of this gem of a location and partner with an established restaraunt and foodservice provider that will keep us in town for a fine dining experience.

With a combination of all this I predict the housing market will benefit from the new hotel!

Gary Trieschman is the president of .

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ibcalif September 14, 2011 at 09:00 PM
At one point, this hotel was proposed to be financed through condos that owners would then rent out to guests. Is that still the case or is it now a conventional hotel?
Gary Trieschman September 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM
It is now a conventional hotel. Unfortunetly the owner felt with the current economic climate the units would not sale. I disagree with that position. When first presented, the units were to sell for $345,000 and the buyer would get usage for 90 days a year. The hotel would have grossed $24,840,000. by selling the 72 rooms. It would always be managed by the hotel management and during the owners stay they would have enjoyed amenities as other guest would. Mute point now. Pour is just about finished, steady flow of concrete trucks still at 3PM! That's alot of concrete!
ibcalif September 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Thanks for the info.
Marcus Boyd September 16, 2011 at 01:51 PM
I'm still a bit confused with how IB will accommodate a 5 star hotel, with 5 star guests. Exactly what other business is 5 star, or even 4 star for that matter, in IB? And, what percentage of IB's residents can afford a 5 star anything? I believe, in order for the hotel to be and remain 5 star, it will end up being a all-inclusive resort similar to those in Jamaica, surrounded by shard glass.
Chico&The Man September 16, 2011 at 04:11 PM
more like 3 star with the surrounding eateries being more like 2 star this will be a hotel that's occupancy will only flourish 3 months out of the year.. i can guarantee you that the guest will not venture across the street to eat anything on that block...
Tammy Petersen Jenkins September 16, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Jersey Boys is a welcome addition to IB and I think hotel guests would be pleased with their food. IB Cafe has great breakfast but the place is dirty. If the owner cleans it up it would be a great place with local vibe and good eats.
Marcus Boyd September 16, 2011 at 07:19 PM
But... The hotel is slated to be a 5 star hotel... I too love the new Jersey Boys, but... I also know what 5 star is, and there isn't anything in IB even close to a 4 star. IB should strive for 4 stars, instead of burning out the redevelopment funds with a overreaching shooting star! 5 star clientel do not eat at greasy spoons while on vacation! And if they are forced, they don't return!
ibcalif September 16, 2011 at 07:24 PM
Who says it will be a 5 star? Your initial premise is incorrect.
Tammy Petersen Jenkins September 16, 2011 at 07:40 PM
I agree that 5 star is overreaching. If indeed it is more like a 4 star I think it is going to be a welcome addition. I think many travelers crave eating at local hot spots or will search for authentic mexican food, for example. Jalisco and El Tap will also benefit from the new hotel because of this.
ibcalif September 16, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I'd pitch it as a less expensive (but nearby) alternative to the Loew's resort, the Hotel Del and the other Coronado hotels.
Marcus Boyd September 16, 2011 at 08:20 PM
'Luxury' is 5 star, and nothing less! See... Financing set for luxury hotel in Imperial Beach http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2011/mar/16/financing-set-luxury-hotel-imperial-beach/ AND Construction Under Way On IB Luxury Hotel http://www.10news.com/news/29188118/detail.html
ibcalif September 16, 2011 at 08:59 PM
No one in the story but the UT reporter called it luxury (which you then converted to 5 star). Besides a blind faith in the Union Tribune, your post reveals a tendency to mock and belittle any project IB might have.
ibcalif September 16, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Not even Loews and the Del are considered 5 star. Maybe the Lodge at Torrey Pines or the Grand Del Mar. If you think Pacifica is building a 5 star hotel in IB ... wanna buy a condo in TJ? Cheap. Cash only.
Marcus Boyd September 16, 2011 at 09:15 PM
With that in mind, I'll digress on the issue, and allow time to tell. Actually, I'm all for IB being a nicer city. However, based on many of the past decisions as well as the ridiculous 11th hour increase in cost from Pacifica, at the very time construction costs are at their lowest, I have little confidence in the current leadership's ability to provide governing from the people.
ibcalif September 16, 2011 at 09:26 PM
I agree that both Pacifica and our city leadership do not exactly inspire confidence.
Gary Trieschman September 16, 2011 at 10:04 PM
My 2 cents..... I hope it is a nice, clean and resonable place. One that I would be happy to have my guest stay at for a few nights. I hope the restraunt is a nice clean, great service and fairly priced with great variety overlooking the ocean, something like the Chart House of old. I would enjoy dining at sunset, on the deck enjoying an adult beverage. I'm just hoping for quality, not 5 star. I think the visitors will enjoy going to Woody's, getting some rolled tacos and having breakfast at a local spot. Hell, who knows, maybe even visiting one of our infamous so called "dive bars". They are all the rage now!
Libi Uremovic September 17, 2011 at 03:09 PM
hopefully competition will breed success. I think all of our eateries could learn a lot from watching the food network and kitchen nightmares.
Libi Uremovic September 17, 2011 at 03:13 PM
e) Five-star hotels, residence status, construction, installation, equipment, furnishings and superior characteristics as the standard of service, four-star hotels in demand for the conditions specified below, along with at least one hundred and twenty-room otellerdir qualified. 1) the number of times customers will come out will fall, or if more than one customer lift proportional to the capacity of the hotel, 2) the rooms, desk, bed head end of the central light switch and receptacle, full length mirror, 3) the rooms, bathrobe, teeth cleaning kit, disposable slippers, sewing kit, shoe cleaner, polish, shower foam, make-up remover cotton, tissue paper box, like an umbrella emblem at least ten pieces of material, 4) bathroom, bathtub, telephone connected to the reception, magnifying mirror, 5) Six rooms, room capacity of not less than five percent of the minimum rate of tobacco smoking room arrangement,
Libi Uremovic September 17, 2011 at 03:15 PM
6) This paragraph (d) of paragraph 18 the number of units specified in sub-paragraph, in addition to at least three units, 7) Twenty-four hour room service, 8) Garage or covered parking, a twenty-four hours görevlipersonel these places, 9) In the rooms, satellite or video broadcasts with the rate of ten per cent of the number of rooms to provide access to the internet, 10) Male and female hairdressers, 11) Sales stores, 12) the number of personnel trained in the rate of at least twenty-five percent of the staff, 13) A la carte restaurant, 14) in a separate locality from reception and customer relations, such as consulting services provided by experienced personnel, 15) floors in the corridors of the telephone connected to the reception, If there are multiple conference rooms within a five-star hotel, which number no more than three halls, this paragraph (d) of paragraph (18) counted the number of units specified in sub-paragraph.
Libi Uremovic September 17, 2011 at 03:16 PM
As you can see by the requirements; there's nothing that says they have to be good or classy.
Pop Quiz October 02, 2011 at 12:52 AM
I (like Gary) would be very happy with a restaurant over looking the beach. A nice dinner over looking the water would be great. I live with areal world budget, but when i go out for a special occasion we head out of town. It would be great to celebrate an anniversary in town with some prime rib or sword fish....

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