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Neighbors concerned about proposed hotel in Chico

A new hotel could soon open its doors in Chico and some neighbors in the area are concerned about the potential impacts.

Posted: Mar 4, 2020 8:08 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2020 8:32 PM

CHICO, Calif.- A new hotel could soon open its doors in Chico and some neighbors in the area are concerned about the potential impacts.

Valerie Priola, lives near the proposed location on Highway 32 and Bruce Road.

She joined hundreds of others who came together Monday night to voice their concerns about the proposed hotel during a meeting with City Staff and representatives from Towne Place Suites by Marriott. 

Priola says, “No one is opposed to the hotel, they are just opposed to the location.”

If you’re driving near the proposed location, you can’t miss the dozens of "No Hotel California Park" signs that are posted all around.

Neighbors in the area say Bruce Road is a very busy area and they are worried about the potential traffic impacts.

Reporter Kristian Lopez spoke with city planner, Dexter O’Connell who just took over the project on Tuesday.

He says, right now the application for the project is incomplete, so they have not been able to move forward.

O'Connell says, "An initial study requires an analysis of the traffic circumstances but I haven’t had the project long enough to know if we will require traffic studies or not, the first step will almost certainly be an environmental review."

O’Connell says the hotel would be a Towne Place Suites by Marriott Project, a four story building with 112 suites.

O’Connell adds, people could potentially convince the City Council, Planning Commission, or Architectural Review Board that the project doesn’t meet required findings through the city’s code.

Members of the group "No Hotel California Park" have started a petition, which has around 1300 signatures so far. 

He also says, those who have concerns, may contact him directly. "I look very forward to hearing what people have to say about the project and understanding people’s concerns and putting them on the record as part of the review process," O'Connell said.

He adds, the project is still in its early stages of planning.

Action News Now reached out to Chico City Manager, Mark Orme, he says the reason he has not addressed this issue yet despite the public outcry, is because it's still just a proposal.

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