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Planning commission signs off on Valencia Sheraton

200-room hotel plans to open within next two years

Posted: July 9, 2009 9:58 p.m.
Updated: July 10, 2009 4:55 a.m.

An artist's rendering of the what the Sheraton will look like when completed.

 
The face of Valencia is set to change within the next two years, after the Santa Clarita Planning Commission advanced the plans for a Sheraton hotel near the corner of McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard.

The commission signed off on Brisam Valencia LLC’s request Tuesday for a conditional-use permit for the seven-story hotel.

“Unanimous is a good vote,” said consultant Jeffrey Lambert, who added that the next four to six months will focus on detailed designs for the hotel.

The Greens at Valencia sports bar will be demolished to make way for the hotel. A man identifying himself as a manager for The Greens declined Thursday to discuss the business’ future plans.    

Lambert said the developer’s hope is to see construction begin in late spring 2010, with the 200-room hotel open for business within 18 to 24 months.

The hotel will occupy a roughly 4-acre plot bordered by the Galaxy Car Wash, a Shell gas station and Santa Clarita Transit’s McBean Regional Transfer Station.

The commission approved the permit request on a few conditions, Associate Planner Jessica Frank said. They want the developer to work closely with the car wash to assure construction does not have negative impact on that business; they want no loud construction on Saturdays; and the commissioners want to see the development of a construction management plan.

The 136,550-square-foot hotel will be comparable in size to the 244-room Hyatt Valencia several-hundred feet to the north.

The hotel will also include a 120-seat restaurant and 7,610 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

Despite the current recession, Lambert said hotel occupancy rates will eventually go back up, and he sees the Sheraton as a complement, rather than a competitor, to the Hyatt.

He was unsure of the final price tag, but said the cost of building the hotel will be in the “tens and tens of millions.”

Brisam Valencia LLC bought the project site for $6 million in 2006, then Brisam entered into a contract with Sheraton to operate the hotel. Brisam filed an application for a conditional-use permit in May 2008.

Under the city’s development code, a conditional-use permit is required for any building taller than 35 feet. The Sheraton would be 77-feet tall, with tower elements bumping the height up to nearly 88 feet.

By comparison, the buildings in Westfield Valencia Town Center range between 60- and 99-feet tall.


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