Plans for the city of Dublin's first four-star hotel are closer to fruition after the Dublin City Council recently approved making the appropriate zoning changes and mitigation steps to begin development on the project.
The proposed full-service Westin Hotel would be strategically located on a 5.88-acre lot at the southeast corner of Campus Drive and Altamirano Avenue, near the eastern Dublin-Pleasanton BART Station.
As Dublin's only four-star hotel, the 163,133-square-foot floor plan includes six floors with 198 guest rooms, a 5,254-square-foot restaurant, a cafe, a ballroom, and two large meeting rooms with over 9,000 square feet of assembly space, which Dublin city principal planner Amy Million told the Weekly, "is also much-needed in the city of Dublin."
Because of the hotel's close proximity to public transit, Million confirmed the applicant, LN Hospitality LLC, received a large parking reduction.
"The city would have required 461 parking spaces, but they were approved to provide a minimum of 279 spaces," Million said. Even with the reduction, city leaders expect there should be plenty of parking spaces to meet demand.
During the Oct. 15 council meeting, council members, business and labor interests praised the project, which is expected to create new union jobs for residents and generate significant local tax revenue, although "a fiscal analysis has not yet been done on that project to determine projected sales tax revenue," according to city spokeswoman Shari Jackman.
No groundbreaking date has been announced yet; a second reading of the ordinance pertaining to zoning matters is scheduled for the council's meeting next Tuesday (Nov. 5)
Also at its Oct. 15 meeting, the council unanimously approved more than $5 million for Dublin's first arts center. The $5.7 million budget will cover building a 13,000-square-foot space with a black box theater, gallery, dance studio and classroom -- all of which will be located in the police building wing at the Dublin Civic Center.