The vacant area at McGregor Drive near Park Avenue, known locally as the McGregor Property, has been hotly debated for years. Recently it was under consideration for the .
Then at the second Capitola City Council meeting of March, it was decided that the city will .
Mayor Mike Termini said that four years ago city made a similar attempt, but came up empty.
"The last time we did this, everyone said 'No' because it's an environmentally-protected area and it had no water or sewer," Termini told Capitola-Soquel Patch on Thursday.
The land now has water, but still lacks sewer access, meaning it would require plenty of infrastructure work to make a new hotel a reality. Yet Termini remains optimistic about the prospect of landing a business on the property given an improved economic climate from 2008. And he thinks the property is a surefire location with the chance to help the local economy.
"We've always felt that it's a prime spot for a hotel with visiblity and the entrance to New Brighton," Termini said. "There's been pressure to make it a recreational area, but before we do that, we want to make sure that no one wants to bring in a hotel."
He said he hopes for something on the "slightly upscale" end of the hotel spectrum, rather than a chain motel known for questionable linen hygiene.
A skate park and dog park have also been considered for the city-owned McGregor Property, but for now Capitola is focused on potential revenue sources.
"If we could work out a land lease, we could have somebody break ground in a year," Termini said.
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