Bud Emerson | Klish Way
Plans are taking shape for the proposed Del Mar Resort on the 16 acre bluff site at the city’s furthermost northwest corner. This magnificent view site has not been accessible by the general public but will be so under this plan. Feedback from public meetings and technical studies have been factored in to the proposal.
It now envisions a complex of 252 hotel rooms and 76 privately owned villas, four restaurants, 15 affordable units, and a small budget level complex for moderate income visitors. The site will be circled with a public walkway with benches and view outlooks in addition to numerous public spaces throughout the resort grounds.
The proposal addresses many factors that will be reviewed by the city such as lighting, building heights, traffic impacts, parking, and preservation of natural vegetation. An independent Environmental Impact Report has been commissioned. The resort will be built to meet LEED Silver sustainability standards. Electric bikes and shuttles will be operated for access to both Del Mar and Solana Beach entities. There will be underground parking and Del Mar parking requirements will be exceeded by over 50 spaces.The resort proposes to enter into a joint endowment agreement with the city for sand and bluff preservation.
The city estimates that the annual financial benefit to Del Mar will be in the millions primarily from the hotel room tax (TOT).
Del Mar’s adjacent North Bluff Preserve is being analyzed by the city to determine how to honor its core preservation mission.
There will be a number of information and review opportunities throughout the summer. The Powerhouse dates for public information are as follows:
July 19, 23, 24, 25
August 6, 8, 9, 13, 15
10, 12, 13
July 28 at 10am-12pm
August 11 at 10am-12pm
In response to the Sandpiper’s request, the developers have given us a more detailed Q&A piece about the resort—it can be accessed on the Sandpiper website.
Beginning July 10 all of the information and graphics can be found at: www.thedelmarresort.com