Fullerton City Council has approved a third extension to an exclusive negotiating agreement with Parkwest General Contractors for potential development of an upscale boutique hotel near the train station downtown, on what is now a parking lot located at the southeast corner of East Santa Fe Avenue and South Pomona Avenue. The extension is through December 2022.
Had the Council not extended the agreement, the property would have fallen under the provisions of the Surplus Land Act and become eligible for affordable housing.
At the August 17 City Council meeting, developer Craig Hostert argued that a hotel would provide an ongoing revenue source for Fullerton in the form of bed taxes and sales taxes.
Many members of Unite Here Local 11 (a hospitality workers union) spoke against the project, arguing that the project would take away from hotel jobs elsewhere, and that what the City needs is affordable housing, not another hotel.
“I work as a busser at the Disneyland resort,” said a public commenter named Maria. “Fullerton should use their public land in benefit of all the public. Our public land should deal with the problems that are most important to us in this moment—the housing crisis.”
Danielle Wilson from Unite Here asked that the City lease, rather than sell, the property so it can retain control and benefit financially from owning the property.
Mayor Whitaker, along with Mayor Pro Tem Dunlap and Councilmembers Zahra and Silva said they support the hotel concept because it will bring revenue and jobs to Fullerton.
Councilmember Jung, who voted against the agreement extension, said that he prefers the land be used for affordable housing.
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