Planning Commissioners are expected to look at plans tonight for a 150-room hotel and 741,000 square feet of office space proposed for San Antonio Shopping Center near the corner of California Street and San Antonio Road.
"Several hotel operators are very excited about this project," said Greg Geertsen, managing director for developer Merlone Geier.
"Phase Two" of the Village at San Antonio would replace Jo-Ann Fabrics, Ross and Beverages and More, which are still open. Merlone Geier is already building phase one's three apartment buildings, a new Safeway and ground-floor retail, all at the former Sears and Rite Aid sites south of the property.
Geertsen said the hotel and office space would be "high end" and plans show heights ranging from six to nine stories. A total of 2,858 parking spaces could be built in open lots and in garages and the project includes 60,000 square feet of ground floor retail fronting a park space along the Hetch-Hetchy right of way which separates phase two from phase one.
Merlone Geier is still trying to buy five smaller properties for phase two at the corner of California Street and San Antonio Road, including Milk Pail Market. Business owners said this week that a fence went up behind them cutting off their access to parking at Ross is an attempt to force them to sell. Geertsen denied pressuring owners to sell, saying his firm is simply protecting its property rights with the fence.