Hilton Looking to Build Hotel at the Site of the Former Chevy’s Restaurant on Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill

March 15, 2014 · 39 comments

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Hilton is looking to build a four-story, 137 room hotel at the site of the former Chevy’s restaurant on Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.

The building, which would be about 54-feet tall, would be a long-term stay hotel, according to the City of Pleasant Hill.

A study session was held this week to talk about the plan.

City Manager June Catalano says the Planning Commission received a presentation from the applicant.

The Planning Commission provided the following comments:

Continue to explore solutions to reduce the massing of the building, including, but not limited to:

  • Three stories vs. four stories; if four stories, explore solutions to reduce the height of a four story building to less than 50 feet if possible.
  • Further explore the feasibility of underground parking if it could reduce the need for a fourth story.
  • Consider modifying the site layout to move the building further away from residential uses or to reduce the appearance of building mass (e.g. angled).
  • Continue to explore architectural styles and solutions that will help to reduce the mass and bulk of the structure (e.g. stepped).
  • Re-analyze the circulation pattern, to address any awkward movements and conflicts.
  1. Determine whether the project would have traffic impacts specifically during the AM peak hour period.
  2. Incorporate operational measures to ensure the hotel does not have safety impacts on area residents, although the project may actually improve safety conditions in the area. Ensure the project includes adequate lighting for security.
  3. Consider sound attenuation measures from the outdoor recreation areas to adjacent residential uses and consider locating the outdoor recreation amenities on the eastern side of the building or within a courtyard area if feasible.
  4. Consider installing story poles to provide the Commission and the public a better understanding of the height/massing of the proposed project.

Members of the public who attended the study session expressed concerns about the height, mass, location, use, design, views, lighting, potential noise, traffic and possible increase in crime and concerns about impact on property values and overall compatibility with the neighborhood.

At this time, Hilton has no scheduled date to open the proposed hotel.

1 KenInConcord March 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

How would anyone visiting ever find that hotel?? The location it awful!

P.S. where can I get a good Margarita? hated Chevy’s food but loved the Drinks!

2 ClayDen March 15, 2014 at 11:51 AM

If you like blended Margarita’s, El Charro in Lafayette is great.

3 Dr. Doc, PHD March 15, 2014 at 1:08 PM

2x.. on stepping the building and the building form/orientation should be used to act as a wall for the freeway noise.

Who ever bought a house near Ellinwood and the former Chevy’s restaurant must have been idiots to not realize that it adjoins a commercial area and that relatively tall buildings are possible. Watch ‘em whine about the hotel suites having a view over their neighborhood and back yards.

NIMBYs .. that means “Not in my back yard”… just like those people that live in The Woodlands in Walnut Creek. Especially that guy Steve Elster… what a pencilhead!!!

4 carol March 15, 2014 at 1:25 PM

El Charro is the BEST… for EVERYTHING!

5 Anon. March 15, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Will probably be very nice as long as they can fit in with the neighborhood. Glad to see something going in back there.

6 Ellinwood March 15, 2014 at 2:03 PM

I wish they were building something else. Something that actually has an upside for the neighbors. The only good I see is that it’ll stop the idiots from doing donuts in the parking lot twice a year. That’s it. If it actually gets any business, people will have a helluva time accessing their driveways in the am/pm peak hours. It’s already congested when JFK gets out. If there were restaurants or shops, residents would at least have some benefit to look forward to. A residential Hilton just sucks.

Also, the crappy Residence Inn nextdoor doesn’t seem to be doing so well, so I’m totally taken aback by Hilton’s choice.

7 @Doctor Doc March 15, 2014 at 2:13 PM

And just what would your friend Steve have to say about you?

8 Anon. March 15, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Good points.

9 iluvfriedchicken March 15, 2014 at 2:18 PM

There’s only on ingress/egress to that area. Traffic would suck.

10 Dr. Doc, PHD March 15, 2014 at 2:53 PM

If the development proposal were “restaurants and shops” as you suggest, the nearby residents would go absolutely bonkers. At least an extended stay Hilton has quasi-residential land use.

The liberals will be happy to know there is a thing called a “Transient Occupancy Tax” (TOT). It’s a per night charge for each occupied unit. It can be as high as the market will bare because it’s not like out of towners are round to say negative things about it to the PH City Council. They just pay it and move on.

What PH needs is a hotel & conference center near their fake downtown…..movies, shopping, grocery, city hall, and the park are nearby.

11 I think, March 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM

it would be a perfect spot for a sporting goods
store, or a domed theater .

12 Michelle March 15, 2014 at 3:31 PM

Isn’t there a Hilton in that area already, why are they building another one ?

13 ClayDen March 15, 2014 at 3:56 PM

Three words: Jalapeno Chicken Enchilada (and a Margarita).

14 Clayanon March 15, 2014 at 4:00 PM

If Pleasant Hill doesn’t want it, Concord should go after it. It would fit nicely on the empty lot next to the Concord Police Station on Galindo. It’s right next to BART, a very short walk (and be competition to the hotels around the Pleasant Hill BART Station). And it’s less than 3 miles to the 680 freewy and the 242 freeway. Visitors staying there would bring needed business to shops, the movie theater and restaurants in the downtown area.

15 ConcordDad March 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

I love how people complain about a small hotel but have no issue with our area becoming the corporate drawl of every other area. Dicks, Wal-Mart etc. We will look and feel just like LA and every other area in the country soon.

16 Anon March 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Well Pleasant Hill is my first choice for vacation.

17 Anon. March 15, 2014 at 4:47 PM

that’s funny :0 made me laugh…

18 Shelly March 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM

I don’t think I ever knew there was a Chevy’s there. And my DH works for Chevy’s.

19 Concordejet March 15, 2014 at 5:19 PM

The Hilton you mention in PH is actually in Concord Now, that would be two hilton in the row one in Concord and another in PH?????? for get it Only reason I would want the hilton just to get a job!!!!!!!

20 Jerk March 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

“Determine whether the project would have traffic impacts specifically during the AM peak hour period.”
LOLz!!! There’s NO Traffic back there. While it’s Next to the freeway, Getting to it is another story.

21 Michelle March 15, 2014 at 5:42 PM

It’s a questionable business risk, are they really sustaining that much business that they can be built within that close of a square footage. It would seem in the long run, one of them would close because of lack of business. Concord and Pleasant Hill are wonderful, but there just are not that many attractions here. Waterworld is one, but Six-Flags is a few cities over; we’re are not Nevada or LA.

22 Dr. Doc, PHD March 15, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Go to WC’s website and view public hearing archives on Safeway’s “Orchards” project. Elster rants about the “urban blight” it would cause. Every economic report says there is tons of market capacity ($$$$$) to support a new shopping center. That guy is reaching for straws in an attempt to have a negative position…. I call it desperation.

The Woodland people literally hate anything proposed within a mile of their subdivision. It could be just the vocal ones but no one has had the balls to counter his baseless arguments for fear of retribution because he is/was some sort of HOA officer.

23 Cowellian March 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

That’s a nice area back there, but it’s off the beaten path. There used to be a Pacific Fresh next to Chevy’s. I have to wonder if their demise was somehow linked to Bank of America leaving.

24 Old Gringo March 15, 2014 at 6:38 PM

That’s the perfect place for a family teen adult entertainment center. They could have an arcade, batting cages, miniature golf, train ride, and maybe a bungee jump and some go cart rides.

25 ! Salute ! March 15, 2014 at 6:43 PM

Sounds good to me. Build it!

26 Dr. Doc, PHD March 15, 2014 at 6:51 PM

Companies don’t just willy-nilly fork out millions of dollars on speculation. I bet their market study concludes there is a deficiency of extended stay facilities in the area.

27 Dr. Doc, PHD March 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Corporate drawl? Retailers come because the market tells them what it needs. Get used to it.

I don’t see any Tom, Bob, or Susie with sufficient capital to invest in a scale that is required to make it “investable”. Let us know when one steps up ConcordDad.

28 Dr. Doc, PHD March 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM

Let’s all say, “Think of the children!”

29 anon March 15, 2014 at 6:57 PM

Great ! There is a need for some decent extended stay hotels. The motels in Central County just doesn’t cut it.

30 Cowellian March 15, 2014 at 7:26 PM

This will be next door to Marriott’s Residence Inn, so there will be an abundance of extend stay facilities in that corner of Pleasant Hill.

31 gettophany1 March 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Another sleazy easy. Right by the welfare offices. There is another hotel less than a block away forget name right nex

32 JustMe March 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

I had forgotten about the area… outside of visiting Chevy’s long ago for chips and salsa, I never go back there. It is a poor location for a restaurant or a hotel in my opinion. Would probably work better as condo or a park or a small office building.

33 Abbie R. March 15, 2014 at 9:15 PM

A Hotel near the Hookah Place, sounds a like a real tourist attraction.

34 Greg in Pleasant Hill March 15, 2014 at 9:57 PM

Does anyone remember when Ellinwood was just a giant field in the 80s? I’ll never forget the first place that went up was Pacific Fresh in about ’85. It was in the building right next to Chevy’s.

35 Nuttsie the Nutter March 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM

“The liberals will be happy to know there”….

That is about as stupid a remark as I have seen on here. I guess it begs some research into how many conservative Republican districts around the country have a TOT. My guess is that the TOT knows no political boundaries.

36 Steve H. March 16, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I had to do a double-take with your thoughtful comment as “Ellwood” never left an intellegent post before!

37 anon March 16, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I was hoping for something fun like a buffalo wild wings or something.

38 Dr. Doc, PHD March 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM

The market is more than just PH.

And what has been the availability/vacancy rate at that Residence Inn?

39 Greg in Pleasant Hill March 16, 2014 at 2:36 PM

El Charro is overpriced and terrible. I could make a better burrito in my shoe.

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