Despite objections from the school district, the Redevelopment Agency has approved an environmental report that says a new downtown high-rise hotel will not significantly add to the student population here.
School district officials contend that people would move into the area to work at the new hotel, which is expected to have 470 rooms.
Tom Welch, project manager for Perini Land and Construction Co., had no estimate on the number of people who will be employed at the hotel, which is proposed for the site of the Jergins Trust Building on Ocean Boulevard. The nearby Hyatt Regency, which has 61 more rooms than the proposed hotel and more meeting space, employs about 480 people, a Hyatt spokesman said.
City Atty. Barry Ross said he expected that the school board will file a lawsuit against the city concerning the project, which is to go to the Planning Commission for approval July 18.