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East County News Service

July 6, 2015 (El Cajon)—East County will soon have its first four-star hotel.  In its last meeting in June, the El Cajon Council approved final plans for a Marriott Courtyard hotel to be built at Magnolia and Rea Avenues.

The site is just down the block from the East County Performing Arts Center slated for renovation and reopening in the near future, all part of downtown revitalization efforts in El Cajon.

Councilman Gary Kendrick calls the decision a “landmark event” adding that the new hotel will provide jobs, investment in the city, and benefits for El Cajon citizens.

El Cajon currently has several motels but this will be the city’s first hotel.  The 120-room hotel is slated for completion next summer, following tear-down of buildings currently on the site. 

Marriott purchased the land for just over $1.2 million. Marriott will keep transient occupancy fees generated during the first five years to help recoup its costs, after which the TOT fees will be split 50-50 in years 6 through 10. After the 10th year, El Cajon will keep 100% of the TOT fees.

The hotel, slated to rise 51 feet in height, will include a café/dining room and outdoor dining, lounge, alcohol served at dining establishments, pool, spa, exercise room, grass courtyard, business center, two meeting rooms and commercial space for lease, as well as 100 parking spaces.