Plans for hotels on Harbor Island and Lane Field were unanimously approved by the Board of Port Commissioners Tuesday.
Sunroad Enterprises' plans call for the creation of a 175-room hotel on one of Sunroad's leaseholds at 955 Harbor Island Drive overlooking the 600-slip Sunroad Marina on Harbor Island.
Unite Here Local 30, a union attempting to force Sunroad to only hire union contractors, has been trying to block the project. A similar battle with this union in 2005 caused Gaylord Hotels to pull out of what was to be a 1,400-room hotel and convention center on the Chula Vista bayfront.
The Board of Port Commissioners also unanimously approved a 253-room Springhill Suites by Marriott and a 147-room Residence Inn by Marriott on the Lane Field property. The project is expected to cost about $130 million to complete.
Along with the rooms, the developers are planning 5,600 square feet of meeting space, approximately 23,000 square feet of retail, and a minimum of 414 parking spaces.
The Lane Field partnership consists of Rob Lankford of Lankford & Associates, Hensel Phelps Construction and Portman Holdings.
The term of the management agreement is 30 years from the opening of the hotels, plus two 10-year options to extend. The Lane Field hotels will be managed by Marriott (Nasdaq: MAR) during at least the first five years of operations.
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