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Hotel fight goes before council

A homeowners group battles a proposed seven-story Sheraton

Posted: September 6, 2009 9:15 p.m.
Updated: September 7, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
A seven-story hotel planned for the heart of Valencia and OK'd by the Planning Commission is headed before the Santa Clarita City Council on Tuesday after a group of homeowners filed an appeal.

The Positive Solutions Association, representing homeowners in The Woodlands housing tract, filed the appeal late July.

The Planning Commission voted July 7 in favor of Brisam Valencia LLC's request for a conditional-use permit for the 200-room Sheraton hotel, to be located just north of the corner of Valencia Boulevard and McBean Parkway.

The 4-acre site is home to The Greens sports bar, which would razed to make way for the hotel.

The three-page appeal claimed city officials "have been misled by this developer," and that the group wants to see a different project on "this strange property."

Concerns were raised during the public comment period of a recent City Council meeting regarding the size of the project, and that a recession is a bad time to build a new hotel.

The Sheraton would be 77 feet tall, with tower elements bumping the height up to nearly 88 feet. By comparison, the buildings in nearby Westfield Valencia Town Center range from 60 feet to 99 feet tall.

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

The City Council will have three options on Tuesday: Reject the appeal, support the appeal and deny the project, or direct planning staff to work with the developer in making revisions to the plan.

The City Council meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.

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