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Proposed hotel near Pismo Beach Pier to be reviewed by City Council

A new hotel, the Inn at the Pier, is proposed for 601 Cypress St. in downtown Pismo Beach. Here's a view of the hotel from the entrance on Cypress Street.
A new hotel, the Inn at the Pier, is proposed for 601 Cypress St. in downtown Pismo Beach. Here's a view of the hotel from the entrance on Cypress Street. Courtesy rendering

The Inn at The Pier, a hotel proposed for a site across from the Pismo Beach Pier, is heading to the City Council.

The 104-room hotel, approved by the city's Planning Commission on July 22, was appealed on Monday, triggering review by the city's elected officials. A date for the council hearing has not been set, although it's likely to happen sometime in September or October, said Michael Gruver, associate planner. After the council gives its input, the project will go before the California Coastal Commission.

The reason for the appeal is to give council members an opportunity to weigh in, Gruver said. The appeal was filed by longtime Pismo Beach residents Effie McDermott and Don Day.

"The development of this core downtown parcel is of such import to the future of the city, it is unthinkable to allow its fate to be finalized without a hearing before our elected officials, the City Council," the appeal document states.

The 74,000-square-foot inn at 601 Cypress St. would be one of the newest hotels to be built in downtown Pismo Beach. The plan features 1,795 square feet of commercial retail space, 2,150 square feet of meeting or dining room space, plus space for an 800-square-foot cafe or coffee shop, a 775-square-foot business center, 132 underground parking spaces and a rooftop pool.

The project received Planning Commission approval after undergoing design revisions, Gruver said. The original architectural style was modern. Now, it's a beach-cottage style that reflects the character of the other buildings in the downtown area, he said.

Developer Dana Severy, president of Postcard Properties, declined to comment about the hotel project.

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