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    Plans move ahead for Highway 99 hotel project

By John Dickey, Appeal-Democrat, Yuba City
November 19, 2004

This is an artist's rendering of the $9 million Hampton Inn and Suites to be built next year in Yuba City. The three-story, 88-room project is to be constructed along the west side of Highway 99 between Bridge Street and Colusa Highway.
Construction plans have been filed for an 88-room hotel in Yuba City that will be the first step in redevelopment of an area alongside Highway 99 north of Bridge Street.

The $9 million Hampton Inn and Suites project will provide what developers describe as an upscale alternative to current lodgings in the area.

"I think it will provide a more upscale setting for business and leisure guests that may not stay in Yuba City," said Dale Gillespie, vice president and director of operations for G-REM Inc., of Lodi. The company is owned by the Geweke family.

The three-story, stucco exterior hotel will have a 100-seat conference center, a pool and spa, and 25 suite-type rooms.

The hotel will be the first business to locate in an area targeted by the city for redevelopment. The property used to house the Meyer's Roofing business.

G-REM, which operates the Holiday Inn Express in Yuba City, will also operate the new hotel. Capitol Avenue Development and Investments, of Sacramento, is managing the construction.

Building permits were taken out Nov. 8 for the hotel. Groundbreaking is expected to start in late spring of 2005.

The hotel is expected to generate $300,000 per year in transient occupancy taxes for Yuba City and employ the equivalent of 20 full-time workers.

Yuba City is building two new streets north of Evans Furniture, Sunsweet Boulevard and Annette Way, along with a traffic signal on Highway 99. The combination of the new intersection and the hotel is expected to spur growth in the area.

A 5,000-square-foot restaurant that would be located in front of the hotel could be the next building. Developers are still talking with potential tenants. No building plans for that project have been filed with the city.

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