Hotel would be first in decades for Venice island
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By Earle Kimel via Herald Tribune
VENICE – A California-based developer is expected to meet individually Wednesday with Venice City Council members to pitch plans for what would be the first hotel to be built on Venice island in more than two decades.
Daniel Singh, president of Land Development Associates in Encino, California, has the option to buy two parcels on the east side of Tamiami Trail, bisected by Pine Grove Drive — an area generally referred to as the Southern Gateway to Venice.
No plans have been made public, but a city official said the hotel would have to be at least five stories to be economically viable. The developer is also considering a restaurant on the property, which is close to the airport, Intracoastal Waterway and Venice beaches.
“We’ve talked to them generally about the hurdles they will have which are many,” Venice Development Services Director Jeff Shrum said. Among them are proposed building height, the narrow dimensions of the site — which backs up to single-family properties — and design issues.
The last hotel proposed for the city, the $19 million Tra Ponti project — which would have been a hotel and banquet facility on the Intracoastal Waterway — stalled in 2010.
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