Updated Roseville hotel/conference center plans unveiled

Features curved exterior, rose-inspired design
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items covered during the Feb. 19 council meeting.

Clear air grant: The solid waste division and central services department are pursuing opportunities to reduce vehicle emissions, increase carbon offsets and reduce fuel costs by applying for a $30,00o clean air grant from the Placer County Air Pollution Control District to assist in the purchase of a new compressed natural gas refuse truck. The cost for this truck with a CNG engine is about $270,000.

Roseville Sports Park: Roseville will engage in an exclusive right to negotiate with Placer Valley Tourism for the design, construction, financing, operation and maintenance for a sports park in the western part of the city.

Naming of town square stage: The Vernon Street Town Square stage will be named June Wanish Stage. Wanish attended Roseville High School in the 1940s and later served on the Roseville City Council.

Police, fire and information technology travel: The city will spend an estimated $19,700 to send five police employees, two fire employees and two information technology employees to a training conference in Florida in April on New World System’s public safety software.

Cap-to-Cap travel: A third council member, Government Relations Administrator Mark Wolinksi and Police Department Property and Evidence Supervisor Scott Koll will be added to the city’s group participating in the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s Capitol-to-Capitol legislative advocacy program in Washington, D.C. in May. The council members to attend are Mayor Susan Rohan, Vice Mayor Carol Garcia and Councilwoman Bonnie Gore.

~ Sena Christian

As four representatives from the city of Roseville head off to South Africa next week to meet with potential investors in a full-service hotel and conference center, they will take updated designs for the facility with them.

The new design, presented by Mike Pattinson of Bull Stockwell Allen architecture firm during Wednesday’s Roseville City Council meeting, features a curved exterior and resembles the city’s namesake — a rose.

“The genesis of the plan shape is the idea of a rose and the idea that the petals of that rose become ... the actual building layout and form,” Pattinson said.

Council members expressed appreciation for the new design, which includes an outdoor event space between the hotel and conference center buildings. There will also be a mezzanine level — with a spa and gym — looking onto the lobby and ground floor.

The architect is still determining lighting options to best illuminate the building at night.

“It looks really good, I really like what we see, I really like the element of the glass, I think it makes it look really open and inviting,” said Councilwoman Bonnie Gore. “I love the idea of the courtyard and outdoor seating for the restaurant.”

Gore voiced her desire that seating for the hotel/conference center’s restaurant be shielded from passing vehicle traffic; Pattinson said the design accommodates a “feeling of seclusion” for dining patrons.

The facility will also include a 20,000-square-foot conference center in phase 1 aimed at attracting large groups for conventions and expos; with some smaller meeting rooms included. A future phase would incorporate even more small meeting rooms for an estimated total square footage of 35,000.

The City Council unanimously approved the updated designs for the project on Conference Center Drive near Westfield Galleria.

Roseville’s Development and Operations Manager Mike Isom said the council will likely vote on whether to proceed with the project in June.

Mayor Susan Rohan and Vice Mayor Carol Garcia will join City Manager Ray Kerridge and a senior city staffer on the trip to Johannesburg, for a $32,000 price tag, to meet with a South African investment corporation.

The hotel/conference center project is designed to be a public-private partnership with each entity contributing 50 percent toward the costs. The city has purchased the land for the project for $2.6 million. The total estimated cost for the project is about $70 million.

Earlier in Wednesday’s meeting, the City Council approved a $45,715 budget adjustment for the completion of additional environment work and site investigation work to complete the schematic design drawings, including a geotechnical report and topographic survey.