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Downtown San Diego's skyline will be changing again with the addition of four new hotels.

According to the Centre City Development Corp.'s (CCDC) Web site, International Hotels Group began construction early this year on Hotel Indigo, a 12-story building on the northeast corner of Ninth and Island avenues in downtown's East Village. When completed in summer 2009, the hotel will feature 210 guest rooms.

Joseph Wong Design Associates designed the building as well as two other upcoming hotels in the downtown area -- Village Hotel and Ash Street Hotel.

Village Hotel, developed by Bell Hotel Limited and shareholder MGSD Inc., will begin construction in early 2009 and is scheduled for a 12 to 14 month construction period. The five-story building will offer 87 rooms and 1,400 square feet of retail space.

Danny Dabby, president of MGSD Inc., said the owners envision the project as a budget hotel for business travelers.

BF Hospitality LP plans to develop the 18-story hotel at 719 Ash St. Construction is expected to begin in the fall.

"We're currently reviewing the plans for building permit issuance," said Derek Danziger, vice president of marketing and communications at CCDC.

As stated on CCDC's Web site, the projected completion date is set for fall 2010. According to Danizger, when completed the hotel will offer 328 guest rooms. Two condominiums and 5,000 square feet of retail space will also be available on the premises.

A fourth hotel is planned for the west side of Eighth Avenue. 8th Avenue LLC has proposed a 19-story hotel building, which includes 110 guest rooms and 1,000 square feet of commercial space, according to the CCDC Web site.

Galvin Cristilli Parshalle Architects designed the hotel. No official timeline has been set for development.

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