Pasadena may be getting two new hotels on Colorado Boulevard at Hill Avenue, according to the Pasadena Star-News. The city council has approved a contract to study a project proposed by J & K Plus Investments LLC for two sites that straddle Colorado Boulevard, next to Pasadena City College. The plans include a 400-room hotel on the north side of the street, with 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. On the south side, the former site of a used car dealership would either become a 120-room boutique hotel or apartments--possibly housing for Pasadena City College and Caltech students. The year-long study will look at, among other things, whether the car dealership showroom is a historic structure and should be preserved and incorporated into the designs.
The plans are part of a Pasadena hotel boomlet, with a Kimpton likely coming to the Julia Morgan YWCA building and a new hotel at Paseo Colorado. The city manager says the additional inventory is much needed. "one of the limiting factors the Convention Center has is there is not enough surplus capacity in the existing inventory for them to be able to set aside for large conferences. We only have about 2,500 hotel rooms in the city and we are a major destination for business activity and business travel as well as leisure travel."
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