RV Park to Make Way for Hotel Project

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June 14, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

City council members in Garden Grove, Calif., are expected to approve relocation plans to help make way for two large developments in the designated resort area on Harbor Boulevard south of Disneyland, The Orange County Register reported.

Council members today (June 14) will review an updated $1 million relocation plan for the 39 residents at Travel Country RV Park and the owner of the property where the Humdinger Bar was located. The city is expected to issue notices to vacate that property by the end of the month. The property will go to Colorado-based McWhinney, which is set to build a 600-room water park resort hotel there.

The second relocation plan, set at $497,000, is for six homes and eight businesses at the northeast corner of Harbor Boulevard and Twintree Lane. City officials envision a 700-room upscale hotel with 50,000 square feet of conference and meeting room space and 15,000 square feet of restaurant space.

City Manager Matthew Fertal said the 5.18-acre property at that location will be home to a big-brand hotel "something along the lines of a Hyatt."

"The emphasis will be on conventions and meetings," he said.

Among the properties at that corner that will be uprooted if this project goes through is Joe's Italian Ice, a mom-and-pop operation that is known for its gelatos and soft-serve ice cream.

Owner Mike Abeyta says the city has not been clear about what will happen to his store.

"The city has not been communicative," he said. "We would like to give our customers intelligent answers about where we'll be moving."

Abeyta said other desirable locations closer to Disneyland are likely to be a lot more expensive than where he is now.

"I just hope something is decided quickly," he said. "The uncertainty is tough."

The money for both relocation plans will come out of the city's redevelopment funds.

Residents of Travel Country RV Park have been fighting the prospect of moving out for more than two years. Several residents filed a lawsuit against the city in August 2009 seeking legal and appropriate relocation benefits.

The city council voted in May 2009 to enter into a contract with McWhinney to build the 3-acre water park hotel. Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Lodge was named as the resort operator. The $300 million project could break ground in 2012.

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