Hotel, condo project pitched for vacant Old Town lot

Four-story building could feature condos on the fourth floor, unless the city approves an amendment to the Old Town Specific Plan.

The architect who designed the Skechers building in Moreno Valley has drawn up plans for a four-story building in Old Town Temecula, a project that includes a 71-room hotel, an underground parking garage and, possibly, condos on the fourth floor.

The building, which was vetted Monday by the city’s Old Town Local Review Board, is slated for the vacant lot at the southwest corner of Mercedes and Fourth streets, a parcel that abuts the Town Square land where Bernie Truax is building his marketplace project.

The planning blueprint for the historic district, the Old Town Specific Plan, allows four-story buildings on that land if at least one of the floors is residential, or office space, and parking is provided.

The applicant, listed as Bridget Herdman, also has designed an option where the fourth floor is used for more hotel rooms, but that would only be permitted if the City Council approves an amendment to the specific plan.

Valet parking for the hotel has been proposed due to the limited space for parking in the underground garage, according to the staff report for the board. That valet service will be free per a proposed condition of approval that has been recommended by staff.

The hotel will feature an outdoor pool, gym, lobby, bar and space for a future restaurant.

If the project is eventually approved it will further boost the number of available hotel rooms in the historic district, which has become a popular landing spot for visitors in town for Wine Country weddings, Canadian tourists and day/weekend trippers.

  1. How about a 55 and older condo with one level condos. There is a great need here in this area.


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