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

June 9, 2014 · 26 comments

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As we first reported, Hilton is looking to build a Hilton Homewood Suites long-term stay hotel at the site of the old Chevy’s restaurant on Ellinwood Way in Pleasant Hill.

Hilton held a neighborhood meeting late last week to provide an update on the proposed project and to invite further neighborhood input. Five members of the public attended the meeting in addition to City staff.

Members of the public have 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.

The hotel would be three or four stories, and would include 131 guest rooms.

Another public hearing will be held on June 16th in front of the Pleasant Hill City Council.

1 Hilton would be a good neighbor June 9, 2014 at 8:58 AM

we need to get behind this one. That area has been a dead zone for way too long.

2 What we really need there June 9, 2014 at 9:02 AM

is an Olive Garden.

3 merlebagghard June 9, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Olive Garden? Gross.

4 Dorothy June 9, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Five members of the public? What time was the meeting? During commute time?

5 Marissa June 9, 2014 at 9:50 AM

In that area, prostitution will prevail. This is what we don’t want in our neighborhood or around our city.

6 Trail Runner June 9, 2014 at 9:54 AM

Really? Another hotel? Isn’t there a Homewood Suites or something similar next to the movie theater in Pleasant Hill?

7 Jon June 9, 2014 at 10:06 AM

Prostitutes? …Yes please. They go great after a little Olive Garden!

8 Find Waldo June 9, 2014 at 10:11 AM

@Marissa:

Prostitution? Isn’t there already a Residence Inn and a Boy Scouts of America next to the old Chevy’s?

9 NO Hotel! June 9, 2014 at 10:21 AM

They need to put in another restaraunt but definitely NOT Olive Garden they’re gross and not real Italian. Something like Macs old house or Bertolas
Would be nice.

10 Marissa June 9, 2014 at 10:25 AM

@Waldo
And just what are you saying about the Boy Scouts! I have a son who is a Boy Scout! Upstanding young men, don’t get me started.

11 Why there? June 9, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Right next to Contra Costa County Social Services. The parking is all ready limited back there. Does Hilton really want it’s clientele to pull up to register and see all the low income people hanging out waiting for help. I am not against Social Services in any way so don’t get me wrong on that. I just don’t think Hilton would like it and insist it be moved. Which would cause more of a hardship on people that really are in need of help.

12 Danja June 9, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Prostitution prevails at any hotel whenever it can. I liked having the Chevys there

13 Mary Fouts June 9, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Pleasant Hill has 6 hotels, including a Residence Inn near this site. PH’s current hotel occupancy rate is about 75 percent. Given that the city’s current hotels are not even near full capacity, how can PH support another hotel? Having said that, I don’t currently have an opinion what should go in that location. That has always seemed a bit of a “weird and isolated” area to me.

14 Michelle June 9, 2014 at 11:17 AM

There is another Hilton right down the street. Technically it’s in pleasant hill, but it’s not far from the proposed site. It doesn’t make any sense to me.

15 Vanessa June 9, 2014 at 11:27 AM

Another hovel for prostitution shouldn’t go there, I vote for an Olive Garden. What’s nasty is not an olive garden.

16 Maria June 9, 2014 at 12:22 PM

I prefer a Macaroni Grill!!!

17 Terri June 9, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Disappointing, it would be nice to have another restaurant, or a couple back there. The area has sufficient hotels, and I think a lot of locals miss Chevy’s AND the old Pacific Fresh. The location is lousy though, it might be smarter to build more residential back there since foot traffic to any eateries would be non-existent.

18 Elwood June 9, 2014 at 1:09 PM

What in God’s name makes people think there is a relationship between an extended stay hotel and hookers? Perhaps they have brain damage.

“Members of the public have expressed concerns”

Members of the public should jolly well get over themselves.

19 Ura Ditz June 9, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Are you all dumb??? It’s going to be a long-term stay hotel, not ideal for prostitution. Just attach an Olive Garden to it and everyone wins!!! :D

20 Mimi (original) June 9, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Ura Ditz, you crack me up!

21 Killjoy June 9, 2014 at 3:07 PM

This means more jobs in the area. Front desk, restaurant, room keeping.
Not to mention the construction jobs.
Hell yes! Bring it!

22 annon June 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Build it

23 Give PH Some Credit June 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

Thirty years ago, the downtown of PH was the pits. There was a Payless drug store that was a homeless encampment and no retail at all to speak of.

PH has a new(ish) downtown and some stores that are really generating income. I may never go into In N Out or Dick’s but you can see that it is going to generate a lot income for the city.

We also now have Nordstrom’s Rack, Home Goods and a DSW store coming in. These should be good revenue generators too.

Now all we need is a Trader Joe’s!

24 Smokin Joe June 10, 2014 at 4:09 AM

I say it would be a perfect cannabis club..right next to the food stamp spot…perfect!

25 Concord Guy June 10, 2014 at 9:07 PM

If the NIMBY neighbors beat back this hotel project they would deserve a cannabis club instead…

26 Antler June 10, 2014 at 10:07 PM

Run a search on Ellingwood Way and pull up an arial map of the area. Note that there is an awful neighborhood across Willow Pass Road from Sunvalley Mall. That tract directly borders the “Ellinwood Zone”. Then note the canal/creek/whatever heavily-vegetated (think hiding places) right-of-way cutting through the middle-left part of that district. There is an apartment/condo development with increasingly problematic renters (am acquainted with someone who just gladly moved away from there). At least there is regular vehicle and foot traffic on the John F. Kennedy campus. But on the right side of the Ellingwood district and nearest where the proposed hotel will be, there is the overgrown right of way running along the freeway. In other words, it surely is not a desirable place to build nice homes!

But maybe a residential hotel would attract students or university faculty? Prostitutes….probably some, but they really are already everywhere…to hear the rest of you talk. Does Pleasant Hill have a group which could maintain a safe-house hotel area for abused women and children? Or will Hilton Corporate set prices SO high that only well-paid business management employees and the actual drug-cartel bosses can afford to live there?

Well, THOSE parameters are some of the reasons you might want to hike yourselves down to the next meeting!!! After all the trouble the City of Pleasant Hill, Hilton Hotels, various architects, etc., went to so that you could understand, ask questions, object, or give your own suggestions…..they are handing you that opportunity, and only FIVE citizens could be “bothered” to attend??? Ohhhhh, and I can just hear the elaborate complaints which will be written on here if things do not go to suit you.

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