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Vote: Hotel on McGregor Grounds?

There's a chance that the vacant Capitola area could host a hotel in the coming years.

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.

What do you think? Would you like a hotel there? How about a recreational park? Skate park? Dog park? Vote in the poll below and tell us in the comments!

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Jennifer Squires April 07, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Just leave it be. McGregor Drive doesn't need any more traffic.
Jacob Bourne April 07, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Would it really add much traffic to McGregor with it being so close to the Hwy 1 on ramp?
Scott April 07, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Thanks for the response Mayor. You're right, the remote spot may not be the best location for a recreational park. Perhaps a sports complex? A place for recreation and a little revenue...
Peking April 07, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I do remember the Wingsread project which included not only a hotel and conference center, but some sort of performing arts venue. In 1988 it went to a public vote and failed. The proposal was to locate it on the huge open fields just east of the McGregor property owned by Capitola.
Michael Termini April 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
Must agree with Jacob on this. but, this is a far cry from wingspread. we have already designated most of the property as untouchable natural habitat. this is what has prevented it from beeing attractive to hotel develpers in the past. this is, in my opinion, a last pass at it beeing a hotel site. after this, if no interest is present in developing it, then we proceed with open space / recreation area plans.

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