The developer of the luxurious Alila Marea Beach Resort on Thursday won approval from the Encinitas Planning Commission for a nearby project that will include apartments, hotel rooms and restaurants.
“We really like it when people tell us the hotel is great and we want it to be the same,” developer Larry Jackel told the curators.
He pointed out that the plans, which will also need to be approved by the city council, contain many special features, including art display areas, lockable surfboard storage areas as well as numerous bike racks, construction colors reflecting the shades of the stones on the nearby beach and the construction heights vary greatly from one structure to another. His inspiration came from the annual LeucadART Walk event and European outdoor plazas, he said.
“I wanted to build something cool and funky in its own way,” Jackel said.
The 3.79-acre project site, which is just south of the hotel on the N. Coast Highway, is expected to contain 94 apartments, 19 of which will be reserved for low-income people. There is also a 34-unit hotel that will be connected by bridge to the existing Alila Marea Resort. Some of the apartments will be built above a parking structure, others will be above a commercial space. Jackel said commercial areas could contain everything from an ice cream shop to high-end restaurants.
Steve Dalton, planning commissioner, is the architect of the project and he withdrew from Thursday’s debate on the subject. The other planning commissioners voted 4 to 0 to accept the project’s environmental impact report and approve various permits, including a coastal development permit.
Commission Chairman Kevin Doyle, who lives in Old Encinitas, and Commissioner Chris Ryan, who lives in the Leucadia area, both said the project was notable for the public support it had received.
“Community support for this project has been overwhelming,” Doyle said.
Ryan said it’s especially notable in Leucadia where any development is often extremely controversial.
“I think it speaks really strongly to the job and the work ethic of the candidate,” she said.
While new commissioner Robert Prendergast noted the emails were 10-1 in favor, commissioner Susan Sherod said a lengthy last-minute email from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters raised numerous issues with the project. . She said she wished she had more time to review the letter.
“It seems to me that there are some issues,” she said.
Other members of the Planning Commission and the project’s lawyer, Marco Gonzalez, said the underlying purpose of the letter from the carpenters’ group was to pressure the project’s developers to hire workers. local union work, rather than seeking to change the design of the project.
“It’s really an attempt to force us to negotiate,” Gonzalez said.