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New hotel proposed for Arroyo Grande Village

An early rendering of the proposed hotel shows what the building could look like once constructed, although developer Nick Tompkins cautions that the rendering does not accurately portray the position of the project to the neighboring building. More accurate renderings are pending, he said.
An early rendering of the proposed hotel shows what the building could look like once constructed, although developer Nick Tompkins cautions that the rendering does not accurately portray the position of the project to the neighboring building. More accurate renderings are pending, he said.

A 51-room boutique hotel is in the works for The Village of Arroyo Grande.

NKT Commercial is proposing a 27,800-square-foot hotel at 325 E. Branch Street in Arroyo Grande, in a space formerly set to become a grocery store. To realize this, the group has applied to the city for a lot merger and conditional use permit to merge six lots sandwiched between East Branch Street and Le Point Street. The Arroyo Grande Planning Commission will discuss the merger and permit at its next meeting Dec. 1.

The Planning Commission previously approved a 10,000-square-foot grocery store for the same spot in July 2012, with plans to open the following summer. That project fell through, however, and developer Nick Tompkins of NKT Commercial said the group moved on to the idea of building a hotel in the Village.

The new project, currently known as The Branch Street Hotel, would offer a more exclusive feel than traditional hotels, Tompkins said.

“We’re looking at this as more of a boutique inn than a hotel,” he said. “We hope that it will provide the visitors with families and local residents a place to stay and enjoy the amenities of the Village.”

The hotel would feature slightly larger-than-average rooms to accommodate families and be more comfortable for visitors, Tompkins said. It would also have roughly 65 parking spaces, spread across three parking lots throughout the property.

The total anticipated water use for the hotel is about 1.7 million gallons per year with conservation measures, according to a water use analysis from Balance Green Consulting that is included in the project’s environmental impact report.

Plans for the hotel will go before the Planning Commission for a hearing Dec. 1. The city is accepting public comments on the project and its environmental impact report until the day of the hearing.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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