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Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:03 PM - For Immediate Release

Airport Gets Approval to Build 5-Story Onsite Hotel

The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved an agreement between the Sacramento County Department of Airports and a Southern California developer to build a 5-story, 135-room hotel at Sacramento International Airport.

Sonnenblick Development LLC proposes to construct a 5-story, 135-room Hyatt Place hotel with an indoor pool and spa, fitness room, dining area and 3,500 square feet of meeting space.

The Los Angeles-based developer will lease a 1.4 acre site adjacent to the parking garage for construction of the hotel, as well as 164 spaces on the ground level of the garage. The hotel would be accessible to passengers of both terminals.

“We’re very excited to offer this service amenity to our customers,” said Director of Airports John Wheat. “Our customers have requested the convenience of an onsite hotel for many years and we are now at a point where we are ready to move forward.”

Construction could begin as early as June 2015, when federal building restrictions on the Natomas Basin are expected to be lifted.  In that scenario, the hotel could open in 2017.

Sonnenblick has agreed to invest at least $23 million to build the facility. The Department of Airports will receive a one-time payment of $2.46 million for the use of the parking garage spaces. Rent for the hotel site will be fixed for the first four years for an amount totaling $900,000. In subsequent years, rent will be paid as a percentage of gross revenue.

An in-terminal hotel was in the works for the new Terminal B but was removed from plans due to the economic downturn. Airport staff performed a site analysis and in 2011 issued a Request for Proposals for hotel development. Sonnenblick responded to the RFP with a proposal to develop two hotels. If the Hyatt Place is successful, a second hotel is a possibility.

The onsite Host Hotel was demolished in 2008 to make room for Terminal B construction. The Hyatt Place hotel will be an upgrade, offering modern facilities and expanded amenities. Under the agreement going to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, Sonnenblick LLC would pay for construction and assume all financial risks associated with owning and operating the hotel.

Sacramento County Airport System, a department of Sacramento County, is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining four of the County’s airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. The Airport System provides more than $4 billion in annual economic impact to the Sacramento region. For more information, visit sacramento.aero.