A proposed 74 room hotel on the corner of Olympia Drive and East Main Street in the Brunswick basin has gotten the thumbs up from the Grass Valley Planning Commission. City Principal Planner Lance Lowe presented the two story facility that will include an indoor swimming pool and exercise room as part of its amenities, along with 76 parking spaces. The final version is quite a bit smaller than the original project proposal from three years ago which also include a bank, and small housing units.
One of the biggest concerns was the demolition of eleven miners cabins that are on the property. Lowe said the units, though low cost, did not meet criteria to be preserved.
Lowe also pointed out there are a number of new projects in the pipeline that will make up for the smaller units.
It was also pointed out that zoning does not allow for housing.
The current residents will have sufficient time to relocate being that the projected start date is not any time soon. The project applicant asking for an extension on the use permit.
The applicant did confirm that the hotel will focus on the higher end of business clientele and will be a well known brand.
Traffic concerns, green energy, were also addressed sufficiently enough for the commission to approve the project with three votes. Greg Bulanti was absent, and Tom Ivy was recently sworn in as a city council member.