By Brian Park
The San Juan Capistrano City Council is set to give final consideration for a proposal to build a 136-room hotel and 33 townhomes in the heart of downtown.
In May, the Planning Commission voted 3-2 to recommend approval of Urban Village’s San Juan Hotel & Villas project, which also includes 2,700 square feet of commercial space on 3.17 acres, located at Camino Capistrano. Plans also include extending Forster Street all the way through to Del Obispo Street.
The commission’s senior members, Sheldon Cohen, Tim Neely and Roy Nunn, struggled with the vote, noting that while the city needed a hotel, massing, parking and the townhomes’ proximity to nearby Historic Town Center Park were a concern. Cohen and Nunn ultimately voted against the project.
Last month, Urban Village Principal Joshua Host announced that he had received a commitment from Hilton Worldwide to operate a full-service, four star hotel and that he had signed a contract with a Hilton-recommended developer. Host noted that the townhomes would be branded as “Hilton luxury villas.”
While the council will consider the same project as the commission, Urban Village Principal Joshua Host said more parking has been added to assuage concerns.
Although Host’s initial timeline for the project has been pushed back, if it receives the council’s approval, he hopes to start grading in November and construction in January.
The council will vote on the project during a special meeting on Thursday, June 19 at 6 p.m. City Hall is located at 32400 Paseo Adelanto.