Tulare Council Will Take Up Cartmill Ave Hotel Appeal
The controversy over a planned 5-story hotel next to a Tulare subdivision and mobil home park will come to head at a Tulare City Council meeting. An appeal will be heard after the city Planning Commission turned down a request based on nearby homeowners complaints. Now the proponents will try to convince the new City Council offering a test of how district elections might or might not change politics in Tulare.
The Tulare City Council will hold a public hearing January 17 at 7pm to consider a request by Cupertino-based Monterey Dynasty to amend the General Plan from Low Density Residential to Community Commercial on 4.74 acres of vacant property located at the southwest corner of Cartmill and SR 99 The council will also consider the appeal of Conditional Use Permit No. 2015-13 denying a request by Monterey Dynasty to construct a 24,500sf, 5-story/136 room hotel with restaurant and bar, outdoor wedding venue, convention center/hall,75 ft. freeway sign and request for ABC license.
At the Planning commission meeting attorneys for Presidential Estates argued there are plenty of other locations along Hwy 99 where the hotel could be built without the conflicts of this location. The applicant in their appeal message said the 4 star hotel would benefit the city as a whole. The Applicant asserts they project has taken all steps necessary through project design to mitigate the opponents concerns.
Heilind Electronics Plans Larger Warehouse in Visalia
Heilind Electronics who has a warehouse on Plaza Drive in Visalia might want a larger one. The Massachusetts based company is the largest interconnect distributor in North America including connectors, relays, switches, thermal management & circuit protection products, terminal blocks and more. The company filed a preliminary plan for a 150,000sf distribution facility that if built would be located on the NEC of Neely and Hurley – not far from their existing facility.
Developer Plans Big Multi-Family Project Near Shirk
The same company that struck out over on K Street in Visalia on their plan to build a large apartment complex after neighbors complained has picked up and move their plan cross town. Ocean Point Development owner Chris Owhadi has filed preliminary plans with city to build a 196 unit multi0family complex on Shirk, north of Goshen Ave across the street from the Department of Education facility.
Developer Plans Office Park At Old Drive-In Movie Site
Castlewood Partners, lead by Don Fulbright has filed for an EIR for a major office park just east of Visalia at the former Sequoia Drive-In site off Hwy 198. The proposal filed with County will be heard February 2 at 1:30 PM at the county’s South Mooney building in the Main Conference Room. The proposed development is over 46 acres with 4 phases totaling 358,370 square feet in 30 buildings. Phase 1 will include a convenience market with gas pumps and an attached fast-food restaurant, along with five separate commercial buildings for a total combined square footage of 68,340.
Springville Group Files Suit Over Dollar General
Springville Citizens For Responsible Growth have filed a lawsuit against the County of Tulare regards the approval last November of a new 9100sf Dollar General store in Springville off Hwy190.
Colony Energy Appeals To Tulare Council
The Tulare City Council will hear an appeal from Colony Energy to take a second look at its proposed biogas project after the past city manager and staff balked at moving forward with the LA based firm. Managing partner Kent Hawkins will be making a presentation January 17 to the council including new members, about the advantages for Tulare moving forward with renewable energy project. Partner Matt Schmidt says will offer evidence of financial ability including a joint appearance by their equity partner bringing $10 million to the table. That would be added the $8 million in state grants in place to build the $23 million renewable energy project says a memo to the city.
City Public Works Director Joe Carlini has supported a plan to back a rival proposal from Fuel Cell Energy has last summer.
Colony says they have promised $1 million in annual revenue for the city once the project is operating. Revenue would come in part from sales of the flared gas at the WWT plant that now is wasted.