March 1, 2017 (San Diego) The Community Plan for Fashion Valley includes the development of new housing, as well as the restoration of the river. Part of this process is the Town and Country Hotel. According to Todd Majcher of Lowe Enterprises.
The first areas of the property were built in the 1950s, and it was developed piecemeal. The last building, according to Majcher was completed in 2007. What they are trying to do with this project is to “restore the legacy of this grand dame hotel in Mission Valley and also build a community.”
This project is carried out by Lowe Enterprises, a locally based company. It is located on Interstate 8, near Fashion Valley Mall, and the former property occupied the Union-Tribune. It is a valuable property, and the hotel has fallen into some disrepair in recent years.
It is also at the heart of an area that has many job sites within ten miles and is within walking distance of the Metropolitan Transit Center (MTS) at Fashion Valley Mall. This station serves both the trolley and the bus system. This is one reason the project got a transit credit of 5 percent, which was conservative, but is the maximum the city can allot.
So what will the project do?
It will right size the hotel and the convention center. This means the following:
It will create an 850 unit neighborhood that is compatible with the Climate Action Plan (CAP) while dropping the number of room keys at the hotel from 950 keys to 700. They will also renovate and refresh the facility. This will mean zero increase in the number of daily trips.
They will also restore the river environment to the tune of 8 acres and build a slightly larger than 3 acres park. They are committed to removing the invasive species that currently clog that part of the river, and expect a better flow and improvement of the hydrology.
They will also provide 1200 feet of river trails.
Also, give people an experience to the river.
It will also reduce the hotel and convention center from 213,000 square feet to 170,000 square feet.
The project was approved unanimously, moving to the next step, the planning commission.