Map for Applebee's, hotel tentatively approved

October 24, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — A yellow tanker with "Viva Bush" written on its side will have to be moved in the near future to make way for an Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar and a hotel here.

The city Planning Commission has approved a tentative map of the land where the restaurant and hotel are proposed to be built. The site is immediately north of the Calexico 10 Theatres on Scaroni Road, which runs parallel to Highway 111.

While the Planning Commission vote Monday to approve the map was unanimous, some of the commissioners have voiced concerns about the project.

Specifically, commissioners asked pointed questions of Planning Director Ricardo Hinojosa and City Attorney Michael Rood during Monday's commission meeting.

They wanted to know why the city is paying for the construction of medians and street improvements to serve the new developments.


Commissioner Richard Romero asked Hinojosa whether the city had a written agreement with the developers that required the city to pay for the improvements.

Hinojosa said he processed the development application, including the map and the projected city-funded improvements, "correctly and truthfully."

"I was told there was an agreement," he said.

Rood was asked if the city had an agreement with the developers or Raul Estrada, the owner of the land where the Applebee's and the hotel would be built.

"I don't remember right now," he said.

Hinojosa said he was under the impression an agreement concerning the land was brokered by the City Council after an executive session item concerning the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Estrada.

Romero said he didn't favor an agreement that would force the city to pay for improvements.

"The city does not normally put in roads and improvements," he said.

Rood said, "I don't need to remind you that spending money is a City Council function."

During the closing moments of Monday's meeting, commissioner John Moreno looked over the street improvements planned for the area and said, "That's a lot of money."

Romero said, "Can you imagine? The city's going to pay for all of this."

Staff Writer Aaron Claverie can be reached at 337-3419 or

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