But Phillip R. Schwartze from the P.R.S. Group, a real estate
consulting firm representing South Coast Metro Center, said three
internationally renowned hoteliers showed interest in opening a larger
Metro Center's plans now call for a 12-story, 201,000-square-foot,
300-room hotel. Schwartze, who said he is still negotiating with the
three hoteliers, refused to name which companies were interested in the
He said they were competing heavily for the site.
"They all saw the type of visitors Experian would draw to the area,"
Schwartze said after the meeting. "These guests are going to be
well-heeled -- not the kind who stay at Motel 6."
City Councilwoman Linda Dixon said she thought an upscale hotel would
complement the burgeoning South Coast Metro neighborhood.
"It's becoming more and more of a sophisticated cosmopolitan area,"
she said. "We have a combination of restaurants, residences, theater and
C.J. Segerstrom and Sons recently submitted to the city a proposal
calling for a 2,500-seat symphony hall, a 140,000-square-foot art museum,
and a 140-seat expansion to the South Coast Repertory Theater there. The
public will have an opportunity to respond to Segerstrom's plans at
Monday's Planning Commission meeting.
Since City Councilwoman Libby Cowan was absent at Monday's meeting,
the council delayed voting on whether a 69-home housing tract would fit
in its planned Mesa Verde site.
The council also delayed a vote to limit the number of paved trails in
Both issues are scheduled to be addressed at an Aug. 21 City Council