The Dublin City Council took a close look at a proposal for a 138-room hotel catering to the Millennial business traveler, which the developer termed “cool and hip.”
The hotel would be built on a lot next to the Corrie office building, which has been there for 30 years. The Corrie building will be gutted and rebuilt for future office use, said developer Jerry Hunt of Rubicon Properties Partnership.
The parcel is located near Dublin Boulevard and San Ramon Road.
Hunt answered questions about the plan, and showed architectural renderings at the council’s July 16 meeting.
The item was listed as a study session. Approval will be scheduled for a future meeting, after staff continues to work with the developer on the development details and a Community Benefit Agreement (CBA) for the city.
The study session updated the council on what has transpired so far between staff and developer. Several years ago, councilmembers said they were looking at the negotiations too late in the process. That resulted in more pressure on the council to approve developments, because so much deal-making work had already occurred.
This approach also has the merit of saving staff time, if the council finds little merit in a development.
The hotel would be operated by Cambria, a chain building in large metropolitan areas. It would feature modern, upscale decor, a swimming pool, and a bar and restaurant that would be placed at a spot at the hotel’s edge, with good access for local residents.
The hotel would be four stories high, with two more stories under it dedicated to a parking structure, bringing the total height to 69 feet at the building’s parapet.
The developer is asking the city to allow more parking spaces than is the standard Dublin requirement. There would be 12 spaces above standard for the hotel, and 55 more than standard for the refurbished Corrie structure. Other adjustments would increase the density, but still keep it from rising above the city’s maximum standards for density permitted for the 4.5-acre lot.
In exchange, the development is projected to create 50 jobs, and about $450,000 of annual revenue under the city’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), which would bring the five-year total to $2.4 million. The developer would also contribute $200,000 for a monument indicating that motorists and pedestrians are entering the Dublin Downtown. The city has a Downtown Specific Plan, and wants to underscore it as a special district. It is also in the city’s Transit Oriented District, about a half-mile from the West Dublin BART station.
All five members of the council gave head nods for the staff to continue its talks with Hunt. A head nod in the lore of the Dublin Council does not represent a formal motion and vote, but rather a special language to say councilmembers approve the direction in which the staff is going. The staff needs at least three head nods to work on an item.
On the proposal, Councilmember Arun Goel said, “I am trying to encourage thinking outside the box.” He told Hunt, “You are 98% there.”
Mayor David Haubert added, “This is a great use for that corner. It will provide synergy, hopefully catalyze the downtown. We are paying close attention to look at details of the hotel.”