Monterey Park City Council gave the go-ahead for a 5-story mixed-use development that includes a hotel and residential units at 420 North Atlantic Blvd, The site currently has a Best Western Hotel and a used car lot at the northeast corner of Emerson and Atlantic streets.
The lengthy discusson on the project by Jamaes Chou, president of Pacific Plaza-Monterey Park, LLC, was held at a public hearing during a regular council meeting of August 16. The project was previously approved by the City Planning Commission and heard by the council because of an appeal by Mayor Teresa Real Sebastian and Councilman Mitchell Ing.
The Pacific Plaza or Best Western Hotel, as it is also called, is one of several hotels in the works along north Atlantic Boulevard. However, the other three hotel sites have not moved forward despite getting approval from the city council.
The proposed hotel will have 136 rooms with a restaurant on the ground floor facing Atlantic Boulvard. The developer will dedicate an auto lane and be on the same pathway as the Atlantic Times Shopping Center,located to the north. The condo units will face Chandler Avenue.
Much of the discussion in the courtroom-style hearing was focused on traffic congestion along North Atlantic Boulevard. A number of supporters of the project spoke before the council, as well as others who expressed concern about heavy traffic on North Atlantic Boulevard and throughout the city. Mayor Real Sebastian said the top concern of city residents is traffic.
The council voted unanimously to have the city attorney prepare a resolution approving the project.