By Brian Park

The developer behind the proposal to build a hotel in downtown San Juan Capistrano announced this week that they have secured a contract with a builder and a commitment from a hotel operator.

In an email sent Wednesday, May 21, Joshua Host, principal at Urban Village, said Hilton Worldwide, the multi-billion dollar company that owns and manages the Hilton Hotel chain, has committed to operate a “full service, four-star Hilton.” Host also said that Urban Village has signed a contract with a Hilton-recommended developer to build the hotel.

The $43 million project calls for a 136-room hotel, 33 townhomes and 2,700 square feet of commercial space on 3.2 acres at 31878 Camino Capistrano, adjacent to Historic Town Center Park.

Although city officials and residents have largely been in support of a hotel, some have expressed concern about the amount of parking the project would provide, as well as its proximity to Historic Town Center Park and the historic Egan House.

In April, Host presented revised plans to the Planning Commission that scaled back the hotel from the historic structure and created new pedestrian pathways. Commissioners delayed approval for the plans to give city staff more time to ensure the hotel would be built. Host’s announcement seemingly allays those concerns.

The commission is scheduled to reconsider the proposal on Tuesday, May 27.

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