Extended-stay hotel breaks ground in El Centro

March 06, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL

Staff Writer

Ground was broken Tuesday for a $2.5 million to $3 million extended-stay hotel south of El Centro. Future plans include an International House of Pancakes in the same area.

The 32-room hotel will eventually be a Comfort Inn & Suites, with an expected opening date of Nov. 1.

Both projects belong to Albany-based Reichert-Lengfeld Lodging Development, which also owns the local Best Western John Jay Inn and the Casa Real Inn & Suites.

The Comfort Inn is being built behind the Casa Real — which is behind the John Jay — on Wake Avenue. The IHOP will face Fourth Street immediately to the east of the John Jay Inn.


Reichert-Lengfeld general partner Herbert R. Meyer said he is working diligently to get the 4,000 square-foot, 24-hour IHOP, but it is not a done deal.

"I'd like to say that it is," he said.

The Comfort Inn is estimated to be 33,000 square feet.

"We think it will be a first-class facility," Meyer said, adding the new hotel will include an upscale lounge for men and women.

The three-story hotel will have three rooms with two bedrooms, eight with one bedroom and 41 studios. All the units will be furnished in 18th-century decor and be built around a central courtyard and barbecue pit. Each room will have a kitchen completely equipped with cooking and eating utensils and a built-in eating bar.

All of the units will be available for daily, weekly or monthly rental, according to a press release. The new facility is expected to attract semi-permanent, overnight and weekly guests from the Mexicali area and others.

Meyer said the new hotel will be operated out of the current office and create eight new jobs.

City Manager Abdel Salem said the development is being built without public assistance.

Mayor Larry Grogan called the hotel a great project.

>> Staff Writer Rudy Yniguez can be reached at 337-3440.

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