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Camino Arroyo hotel project moves forward

Commission recommends plan to add two hotels, other businesses along Highway 152

The Gilroy Planning Commission recommended a project on May 4 that would construct two hotels and other buildings on a vacant lot at the corner of Highway 152 and Camino Arroyo.

The city council at a future meeting will have the final say on the 10-acre project proposed by Temple Gilroy LLC, known as Gilroy Square.

According to the plans, the development on 6970 Camino Arroyo across from the Gilroy Crossing shopping center would include two four-story hotels totaling 200 rooms, a drive-thru restaurant, a gas station with carwash, and two lots for future industrial buildings.

A report that was distributed earlier this year concluded that there is “no substantial evidence the project will have a significant effect on the environment” due to mitigation measures in place.

During the May 4 meeting, Commissioner Stefanie Elle suggested that the required public art component of the project be more of a functional piece for children to play on, but she did not make it a condition of approval.

Senior Planner Kraig Tambornini said the project received comments from the Gilroy Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Caltrans and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority regarding greenhouse gas emissions and improvements to the bus stops in front of the property and bicycle and pedestrian pathways, but no changes were required for the project.

“I think this is a great project because having the hotels there will help increase the traffic to the adjacent eateries and businesses,” Commissioner Annedore Kushner said.

Erik Chalhoub
Erik Chalhoub
Erik Chalhoub joined Weeklys as an editor in 2019. Prior to his current position, Chalhoub worked at The Pajaronian in Watsonville for seven years, serving as managing editor from 2014-2019.

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