VISTA — The Planning Commission unanimously approved its second south Vista hotel in six months Dec. 2, clearing the way for a Hyatt Place 150-room facility at the corner of South Melrose Drive and Faraday Avenue. The four-story structure includes a gym and a meeting room. The developers hope to capture Carlsbad-bound business travelers while providing a resource for hotel poor Vista.
Developer Scott Brown said he expected the hotel to reach a profitable 76 percent occupancy within three years of opening.
“It’s a visible corner,” Brown said. “Faraday is supposed to be the new thoroughfare other than Palomar (Airport Road) so we love the location.”
“The market’s very strong here, still very strong despite the economy,” he added.
A large wall is planned for the west side of the property for fire protection and to preserve a stand of native trees and the ecosystem it shelters. Hyatt will also make sure no potentially existing archaeological treasures are destroyed by construction.
With no opposing speakers and all environmental concerns addressed, the hotel sailed through approval.
“I like it,” Commissioner Debra Cramer said. “I especially like the location because there’s virtually no effect on any of the neighbors so we don’t have to worry about what the neighbors are seeing.”
The only criticism came from Commissioner John Aguilera and was echoed by Commissioner Adam Bow, who disliked the nondescript, office-block aesthetic of the hotel.