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American Tin Cannery (ATC) Hotel and Commercial Project


ATC Hotel and Commercial Project status and next steps...

The project is now in the public hearing process.  The City's Architectural Review Board (ARB), met on December 15, 2020, received public testimony and provided several recommendations for the Planning Commission's (PC) consideration. The PC will consider and take final action on the proposed Final EIR, the Architectural Permit, Use Permit, Tree Permit with Development, and Coastal Development Permit. The Planning Commission hearing is expected to take place later this spring. 

The Planning Commission's decision is appealable to the City Council, and as portions of the project are within the designated Coastal Commission appeals jurisdiction, the final City decision is appealable to the California Coastal Commission, at least for those portions within the appeals jurisdiction. 

Whether or not the Planning Commission's action on the project is appealed - or called up to - the City Council, the Council will consider the associated lease agreement should the other permits be approved. The City Council's consideration of the proposed lease agreement and any appeal or call-up of the Planning Commission's decision is tentatively scheduled for later this spring.

The American Tin Cannery Hotel and Commercial Project's Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) comment period closed on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5pm. The required 45-day comment period was extended to 60 days to provide for additional comment opportunities. Over 100 comment letters were received, including those by individuals who wrote more than one email or letter. Kimley-Horn and Associates, the EIR preparer, will be preparing responses to each of the comments received during the comment period and including these comments, along with any appropriate revisions or updates to the EIR, in a proposed Final EIR. The Final EIR will be considered by City decision makers along with the project permits and entitlements. The FEIR and project plans are available for check-out at the PG Public Library (the Library’s “Hold Pick-Up” is on Mondays from 3:00 pm – 6 pm and Wednesdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.) and at the Police Dept. (the PD's public counter hours are 7 days a week, 7:00 am - 11:00 pm). The FEIR is available for review on the City's CEQA webpage.

Project Location

The 5.59-acre project site is located at 125 Ocean View Boulevard, City of Pacific Grove, Monterey County, CA, in the City’s Coastal Zone. The project site is bordered by Central Avenue to the south, Dewey Avenue to the west, Ocean View Boulevard to the north, and Eardley Avenue to the east. The property is one block northwest of and adjacent to the jurisdictional boundary with the City of Monterey. The property fronts Ocean View Boulevard directly across from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and historic Cannery Row.
Project Description Summary
The project is a proposal to replace the existing 165,000 square feet of “factory outlet” and related uses with a new hotel and commercial uses. The hotel and commercial uses would provide 225 guest rooms in two primary guest wings (Family/Group Wing and Executive Wing) with a restaurant and bars, meeting and gathering spaces, spa and fitness center and approximately 20,000 square feet of street retail uses along the Ocean View Boulevard frontage. These street retail uses would retain and incorporate portions of the existing industrial structure.
Project actions include grading, tree and vegetation removal, partial demolition of existing onsite buildings and improvements, additions/alterations to existing structures and construction of new buildings to establish the new hotel and related commercial uses. The project’s parking plan calls for a total 304 valet parking spaces on site, including approximately 260 subgrade parking spaces.
The applicant is seeking a Use Permit, Architectural Review Permit and Tree Permit applications to entitle the project, as well as encroachments, easements or other agreements for the use of a portion of Sloat Avenue to be incorporated into the project site plan. A Coastal Development Permit will also be required.