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GV plans study session on hotel project

The Grass Valley City Council today will discuss a possible date for an informal study session with the owners of the future Holiday Inn Express hotel on Bank Street along the Golden Center Freeway.

The idea is keep the city abreast of what is happening before a formal application is filed – perhaps in two to three weeks, Michael Allen, of M.P. Allen General Contractors of Fair Oaks, said Monday. The hotel/conference center could open by the end of 2003.

Several downtown business owners said they support the hotel project at the 2.2-acre site, the former home of the GRA-NEVA appliance store.



Jeanie Moore, co-owner of Charlie’s Angels Cafe, also supports the project. The hotel should bring in more business, she said.

“This town is growing by leaps and bounds and you can’t stop it,” she said Monday. “You have to go with the growth or you’re going to be at a standstill.”




Darroll Tripp, co-owner of Tripp’s Auto Body, a collision shop on nearby Stewart Street, supports the project. But he is curious to see how the hotel’s parking lot is going to be laid out. The downtown area needs more parking all the time, Tripp said.

His business, Tripp also said, should not be affected. “My business does not rely on walk-ins.”

City Councilwoman DeVere Mautino said she has no problem having a study session for the hotel. “We’re all interested in knowing what they really want,” she said of the hotel representatives.

The city, along with the Grass Valley Downtown Association, is now spearheading a “Downtown Strategic Plan” to analyze the present and future needs of the area. A public workshop has been scheduled for Sept. 16.

Councilman Steve Enos said he would like the session on the hotel scheduled after the workshop on the strategic plan to find out what the public wants for the former GRA-NEVA site. “I don’t want the cart before the horse,” he said.

KNOW & GO

WHAT: Grass Valley City Council

WHEN: 7 p.m. today

WHERE: Council Chambers,City Hall, 125 E. Main Street

INFORMATION: 274-4310


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