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Plans for convention center could change

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Preliminary plans were filed Friday for Grass Valley’s future Holiday Inn Express hotel and convention center along the Golden Center Freeway.

The plans could change, according to architect Bruce Monighan of Sacramento and Joe Heckel, the city’s community development director. A formal application has yet to be filed, Heckel said.

Construction of the L-shaped, three-story hotel on Bank Street could begin by early spring, said Monighan. The idea is to open by 2004, he said.

The $5 million hotel could include at least 80 rooms, a 5,000- square-foot convention center, and office or retail space, he said. There will be no restaurant or swimming pool, Monighan said.

The city’s development review committee will make suggestions on the package before a final application is filed, Heckel said.

A public workshop on the project was held Sept. 18. The developer – Hallmark Development Corp. of Roseville – is expected to schedule another workshop before the final plans are filed.

In the meantime, Doug Hixon, who runs B&D Radiator with his brother Barry on the site of the hotel, said he continues to search for a new location.

The Hixons need 1,000 square feet, and “We might have to close up,” he said.

The nearby freeway and a bowling alley which closed when the land was sold this year offered great exposure for his business, Hixon said.

The hotel could be the second hotel/motel built since 2001.

The 26-room Grass Valley Courtyard Suites opened in June on North Auburn Street near downtown.

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