Irvine-based Greens Development will build an eight-story, 226-room hotel in downtown Riverside, incorporating the former downtown fire station. The Riverside City Council voted 5-2 Tuesday, Nov. 16, to approve the project. It will be built on Mission Inn Avenue near the 91 Freeway with a scenic rooftop view deck.
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Erin Edwards, Riverside City Councilmember and a resident of the Downtown Riverside area appreciated the lively entrance the hotel will create for anyone entering downtown.
Hotel’s Proximity to Century-old First Congregational Church
A controversy surrounding this hotel project was its proximity to a century-old First Congregational Church. Members of the church have reservations that the hotel’s large structure would block historic church views. Still, the project was approved with a vote count of 5-2.
Two council members, Clarissa Cervantes and Chuck Conder voted against the hotel building and asked for a full environmental review.
Tourism and Riverside
There’s potential for Riverside to grow its tourism revenue as it offers many historical sites for domestic and foreign tourists. Key tourist attractions include:
- The Riverside Art Museum
- Castle Park
- UCR Arts
- Fairmount Park
- March Field Air Museum
By bringing the Residence Inn Marriott hotel to the area, the city council hopes to increase tourists visiting the city, the county seat of Riverside County.
Magnolia Flats in Riverside
At Startempire Wire, we reported about Magnolia Flats, a 450 rental apartments project coming soon to Riverside. Realm Group builds the project; Newport Beach-based real estate investment and development company. The project has to have 450 new rental units in Riverside near Tyler Galleria. The project consists of a four-story residential building with studio units, one- and two-bedroom units, commercial buildings, amenities like a tot lot, a rooftop deck, and a dog park.
With these real estate developments, another visitor attraction coming to Riverside is the Cheech Marin Center featuring Chicano Art.
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