Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Luxury Nickelodeon Hotel In Garden Grove, California Gets The Go-Ahead From Planners

The long-awaited Nickelodeon-themed luxury hotel for Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, Orange County, California has got the go-ahead!

Proposed Nickelodeon Hotel and Resort for Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove.

On Thursday (July 7) night, the Garden Grove Planning Commission unanimously cleared the way for the construction of a 500-room Nickelodeon-themed hotel on Harbor Boulevard.

The panel approved developer Kam Sang’s request for approval of a planned unit development and site plan for a 3.72-acre site on the west side of Harbor immediately south of the existing Sheraton Hotel.

The proposed project would include:

  • a themed pool experience with a “lazy river” and pool slide
  • event space with a 600-seat theater
  • 17,715 square feet of ballroom/meeting space
  • 22,296 square feet of hotel restaurant
  • 5,480 square feet of retail
  • themed amenities totaling 13,238 square feet
  • a 7,000 square foot arcade
  • a spa and fitness center of 8,532 square feet
  • a five-level parking structure with 528 parking spaces.

Once construction starts, completion should take 18 to 24 months estimates Lisa Kim, assistant city manager and director of community and economic development.

We first heard of plans to open a Nick Hotel in OC in 2016, when Nickelodeon and Kam Sang Co. planned to open a Nick-themed hotel in the city. However, the project was delayed by the end of redevelopment as well as the coronavirus pandemic.

Update (8/22) - At the Garden Grove City Council's town meeting on Tuesday, August 23, there will be a public hearing on a resolution to approve the development of the Nickelodeon Hotel Resort project on Harbor Boulevard and deny an appeal of the planning commission’s earlier approval.

Update (8/26), via Orange County Tribune:

Another step for Nickelodeon

It was an unusual moment: two union groups struggling over whether the Garden Grove City Council should give approval to the development of the 500-room Nickelodeon Hotel Resort.

After much comment from construction trade unions and UNITE, which represents hotel and restaurant workers unions, the council on Tuesday night voted 6-0  – with Councilmember John O’Neill (District 2) absent – to approve the ordinance for the project and deny an appeal of the planning commission’s previous approval.

Speaking in favor of the project mostly were members and representatives of various construction trade unions, including electricians, carpenters and iron and steel workers. They cited the benefits of employing local workers and creating career job opportunities for high school graduates who don’t go on to college.

Opposed were members and representatives of UNITE, arguing that the land along Harbor Boulevard where the new project would be located – immediately south of the Sheraton Hotel – would be better used for housing, and that such a large development as the resort could have a negative impact on the community.

While the hotel workers represents employees at some Anaheim hotels, they’ve had no success in organizing at those in Garden Grove.

Their objections Tuesday night didn’t move any members of the council. Praising the transition of Harbor toward a hotel resort district, Councilmember George Brietigam (District 1) said, “The city has received a lot of benefits from [hotels]” and added “It fits the area and it fits the long-term goals for the community.”

Councilmember Phat Bui (District 4) said the last steps toward development of the project was “the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The “final” final step would come on Sept. 13 when the council considers second reading and final adoption of the ordinance.


Update (9/14), via Orange County Tribune:

Final step for Nickelodeon?

NICKELODEON HOTEL planned for Harbor’s west side (City of Garden Grove).

The process of attracting and negotiating for the construction of a major project can have a lot of steps, but what appears to be a final action on the planned Nickelodeon hotel goes before the Garden Grove City Council when it meets tonight (Tuesday).

What’s before the council first is a public hearing, and then the adoption of a resolution approving a disposition and development agreement with Newage Garden Grove II, LLC.

If approved – as expected – the developer is committed to construct a 500-suite full service hotel on a 3.72 acre site on Harbor Boulevard, immediately south of the Sheraton Hotel. 

It would include a themed “pool experience” with a “lazy river,” event space that includes a 600-seat theater and grand ballroom and more.

The estimated net project revenue to the city by Year 3 is $3.5 million annually. Over 30 years, the project is expected to generate about $236.4 million to the city in a combination of “bed tax” charged to hotel guests, sales tax and property tax.

As many as 1,000 new jobs are expected to be generated from construction and in the resort.

Also on the agenda are:

  • adoption of a resolution authorizing submittal of an application to the County of Orange Continuum of Care for the “Special Notice of Funding Opportunity” to address unsheltered homelessness (Garden Grove is in the process of developing a “navigation center” for the homeless, in conjunction with Westminster and Fountain Valley);
  • two purchase orders for a total of 17 police vehicles with a total cost of over $800,000;
  • second reading of an ordinance for a planned unit development for a two-hotel project at the northwest corner of Harbor Boulevard and Twintree Avenue;
  • a purchase agreement for property at 13871 West St. for use as a navigation center for the homeless (cost: $5,650,000) and awarding a contract for architectural services for the building to Borders Architect (cost: $304,000).

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave.


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Originally published: July 09, 2022.

Original source: The Tribune (II).

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