Why would they need to park at San Pedro when there is a parking garage across the street?The axis builder was KT Urban. The hotel developer is KT Urban. KT Urban sold the units to the residents by saying only a 6-story hotel or park would be built on the site. Now KT is breaking that promise and building taller. They specifically made this promise to all the residents with south facing balconies that would now look straight into hotel rooms 20' away. At the meeting, many residents said before buying they had asked why the balconies faced an adjacent property vs the street where there would be greater. The HOA residents do not have an issue with the Andy's tower as it is across a street.
I'm for a dense tower and hotel. I'm not for a bland design, poor traffic management or rewarding sleazy dishonest development practices.
Correction, the hotel proposes valet at the street corner of the building. Yes the valets would shuffle the cars to the San Pedro garage, but the concern is the amount of valet queuing space. KT urban proposes only 2 valet/ridershare street spaces. Aside from historic Saint Claire, every other hotel in downtown has much more queuing than that. During morning, lunch and dinner, it will be impossible for the hotel to manage the valet and rideshare demand for 330+ guests with only 2 parallel spaces meaning, extensive double parking on Almaden and Santa Clara. In addition, KT proposes very little trash storage there by requiring daily or twice daily trash pick-up. As a result, the trash dumpster would likely always be sitting in the street.
For point of reference, Tribune tower will have 5 valet/ride share spaces w/ valet parking storage on adjacent lot vs 3.5 blocks away. 330 guests/ 4 hours (5am-9am) = 75 guests leaving per hour but only 2 street spaces with valets shuffling cars from 3.5 blocks away (2 min run, plus 2-3 min drive in traffic). If only half the guests took a car how do you shuffle 38 cars/hr if it takes ~5 min to retrieve each car plus 2-3 min to load? 40 rideshares/hour would consume the other space. In the evening, 330 guests/3 hours (5pm-8pm) = 110 guests arriving per hour. With 55 ride shares consuming 1 space, how does the valet shuffle 55 cars through the other space? This is napkin math (not accounting for coming+goings as well as alternate transit options like walking or scooter), but it illustrates that KT is over promising of valet efficiency.
KT may say they have an operator... but their drawings do not look like it. The public restaurant is behind the security check-point meaning you can by pass security by walking thru the restaurant. Thats not acceptable for most hotel operators. In effective transportation and valet services is also not acceptable to a genuine hotel operator.