5/3/2013 - News
Update on Doubletree, NBC Channel 7 News Report
On Friday, May 3rd, the Action Group
received a call from Artie Ojeda, Channel 7 News, about the
Doubletree and asking for our comments. The CEO of the Laurus Corp.
told him that their ideal plan is to repurpose the golf course
with 400 residential units, parks & trails. Pam Logemann agreed
to an on camera interview. Here is a link to the video report
from Channel 7 if you missed it.
On-Air video - Doubletree
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Brief update regarding the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board Land
Use Committee Meeting last night where Doubletree's Owners spoke.
The CEO of the Laurus Corporation
came to introduce himself and his manger and to talk about "re-purposing
the resort" especially the golf course which is losing $500,000 a year.
He reported that they are finalizing financing of the resort $10M
renovations for the lobby, rooms, landscape and sports facility. It was
asked if they would update the tennis courts and he said no. They will
not invest in the golf course either as that is losing money. They
didn't present a plan on what they are planning and said they just
wanted to introduce the fact that they are looking at several options
for the property. This was met with caution notices from Board Members
Joost Bende and Jeanine Politte as they advised them to review all the
information they could get from the 2007 plans that the previous owner
tried to do with the golf course (build 200 homes) and the community's
response. The Planning Board members all asked them very good questions
and then the floor was open for the community. Approximately 5 people
asked questions of the CEO at that time.
The Community Plan calls for the golf
course to be community open space so if they wanted to do something else
with the property they would have to ask our Planning Board to approve
an amendment to develop that property. Then they would go downtown to
the Planning Commission to start the process. It is a long process but
we must stay vigilant and make sure we are attending all Planning Board
meetings where they will present information. It is up to us to voice
our opinions, concern, etc. to their plans before they go down to the
* Reported by Pam Logemann on our
5/14/13: Brief explanation of how
this project should move through review process
- The owner/developer would need to initiate a
Community Plan amendment to change the use or designation of
their property. They would need to apply for a Site Development
permit and present plans to be reviewed by City Staff who will
determine what environmental reports/studies will be required.
This process can have multiple cycles of review. During this
time, RPPB will have opportunities to review the plans, DSD
cycle reports, and the applicant will make presentations to the
local community via RPPB meetings. This is a long process and it
will provide many opportunities for community input at the local
planning board level. RPPB will provide a recommendation on the
project as an advisory body to City Council. The project and
plan amendment would also need approval by the Planning
Commission and City Council, giving us additional opportunity to
have our voices heard if it moves forward.
* If you would like to be added to
RPPB's email distribution list - email your request to jeanine at
NEW Ownership Details -
Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company's subsidiary Cornerstone Real
Estate Advisors have sold the Doubletree Golf Resort. The new owner
is SD Golf Resort Partners LLC a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Laurus Corp. The Hilton/Doubletree will continue to run the operation for them.
More info on the sale.
We will keep you
informed of any proposed upgrades or use changes proposed for this
Updated 1/19/10 - Doubletree
management have notified us and the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board of
plans to remodel the hotel and update the amenities of the
property at a cost of approximately $2 Million.
Renovation Press Release
Renovation Flyer - examples of upgrades
Update posted 6/7/07 - Great turn
out by the local community, we estimate almost 300 of our neighbors
attended the RPPB meeting last night to view the plans to redevelop the
Doubletree Golf Resort. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about the
proposed plans. If you were unable to attend, we will post links to
local news articles about the meeting on our Media Center page and
additional information will be posted on this website as it becomes
available. To stay informed, join our email update list and join us at
our Picnic on June 16th. We need to stay vigilant and keep fighting to
maintain our PQ as it is in the Plan - that takes PASSION as
noted by a life-long PQ resident.
Update posted 5/7/07 -
Doubletree (Cornerstone) is planning to present
their plan to redevelop the golf course into 200 homes at the Rancho
Peñasquitos Planning Board Meeting (RPPB) on June 6, 2007 at 7:30pm. The
meeting will be held at the Doubletree Golf Resort in the Ballroom,
located at 14455 Peñasquitos Drive.
This will be your
opportunity to view their plans and ask questions before they decide
whether to move forward.
Update posted 2/4/07 - Doubletree (Cornerstone) is still pushing
its idea to build a couple hundred homes on the golf course; asking to
meet with community residents in January 2007 to show same plan ideas
that they presented in September 2006. When they come back and initiate
a community plan change they state the plan will be very different from
the one shown in these informal meetings.
Update posted 10/29/06 - Between the September 6th & October 4th
RPPB meetings, the Doubletree Reps met again unofficially with our local
planning board members showing the plans that were shown the community
in early September. They were told the plans/ideas would not fly.
Cornerstone's reps met with numerous community residents after
Labor Day 2006 and again in early 2007. Their plans were to replace the
resort and golf course with a few hundred homes, a boutique hotel, a
community center with an Olympic sized pool, tennis courts, fitness center
& meeting rooms and a commercial center.
The Doubletree has NOT requested to initiate a
change amendment to the Community Plan as of yet.