After a brief halt on construction during the COVID-19 pandemic, construction workers have once again begun work on a 34-room boutique hotel that will be privately operated by independent developer Yogesh Patel at the northwest corner of First Street and Long Beach Boulevard.
“We unfortunately had to fire our previous contractor and given the pandemic, we were set back,” Patel said. “How are we supposed to get workers easily during this type of situation? I can tell you it isn’t easy.”
Replacing a surface lot that had been under Patel’s operation, the Gilmar-designed proposal reaches back to October of 2015 when Patel first applied for conditional approval and then broke ground in December of 2018.
“As of right now, I cannot provide an opening date,” Patel said. “It all depends on work and money.”
Two large guest room suites will be facing east toward Long Beach Boulevard on floors two through four while the rest of the rooms, mostly doubles, will be facing south toward the Transit Mall and north toward the surface lot at the southwest corner of Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard.
According to city staff, Patel returned in July 2017 with modified designs and reconfigured the parking to include mechanical lifts that will auto-park the cars of patrons; this change was approved by staff.
“The developer has had some informal discussions with staff about further changes to the project and I understand there are cost concerns with the construction but we have come to no agreement on further changes,” Planning Manager Christopher Koontz told the Post in 2018. “The city is seeking to support hotel projects and development in Downtown but at the same time is committed to upholding the design standards in the Downtown Plan.”
The hotel is located at 107 Long Beach Blvd.
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