Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Improvements at The Del – Implementing the Master Plan

The Hotel del Coronado is now beginning the process of implementing the Master Plan vision, approved by the city and Coastal Commission about 10 years ago. This marks a major milestone for The Del as Blackstone ownership green lights an extensive investment to keep this iconic resort relevant for generations to come. This development will include new event space and 144 additional guestrooms on the south side of the resort, with underground parking. In conjunction with and leading up to the Master Plan, significant improvements will be made throughout the property, including a remodel of the California Cabana guestrooms and Vista Walk. The plan also includes many public benefits to the Coronado community:

  • New grand main entry drive and signalized intersection at Avenida del Sol with pedestrian crosswalk to Glorietta Bay
  • Street improvements along Avenida del Sol, with new landscaped sidewalks
  • Orange Avenue street improvements including closing the existing median opening and re-landscaping medians from R.H. Dana Place to Pomona Avenue
  • New landscaped sidewalks along Orange Avenue from Grande Hall to Avenida del Sol
  • Connection of the existing Paseo beachfront walkway at the end of Avenida del Sol
  • Renovations to the main entry of the Victorian building, including partial re-creation of the historic front porch

Below are some rendered visuals and specific information. These improvements will provide an enhanced experience for hotel guests, visitors, and the community, and will ensure that The Del will continue to be a source of delight for generations to come.

Hotel Del Master Plan renderingBackground

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The Amended Master Plan was approved by the City of Coronado in August-October 2008, as an Amendment to the original Master Plan approved in 2002 (site plan was redesigned following State of California designation of a portion of the property as being within Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zone).

The approval process included:

  • Design Review approval of Amended Master Plan
  • Planning Commission review and approval of Coastal Development Permit, and recommendation for approval of Environmental Review document and Parking Plan
  • City Council approval of Amended Master Plan, Environmental Review document, Parking Plan, and Development Agreement Amendment
  • California Coastal Commission approval October 2010, with Coastal Development Permit issued 2012 (construction of realigned Paseo del Mar beachfront walkway in 2012)Hotel Del Master Plan rendering

Key Elements

  • New Main Entry with signalized intersection and pedestrian crosswalk at Avenida del Sol
  • New Conference Center with clear-span ballroom, prefunction space, and kitchen; includes new Great Lawn area with view to the Historic Hotel, and guestrooms with Glorietta Bay view
  • 144 new guestroom keys (with approval to sell as Condo-Hotel with owner occupancy restrictions similar to Beach Village); three stories with center pool amenity • Majority of the parking in underground structures

Hotel Del Master Plan renderingPublic Benefits

(to be provided per Development Agreement):

  • Signalized intersection at Avenida del Sol, with pedestrian crosswalk; and right turn lane at Orange Avenue for new hotel main entry
  • Street improvements along Orange Avenue: closing existing median opening and re-landscaping medians from R.H. Dana Place to Pomona Avenue, with expanded bus turn-out
  • New landscaped sidewalk along Orange Avenue from Grande Hall to Avenida del Sol • Street improvements along Avenida del Sol, including raising the westerly end of the street and cul-de-sac to correct drainage condition that currently exists
  • New Paseo connection to the beach walkway in front of the Coronado Shores, with beach entry ramp for public safety and maintenance vehicle access
  • New landscaped sidewalks along Avenida del Sol, with angled parking
  • $750,000 in additional development fees to be paid to the City ($250,000 previously paid)
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