GARDEN GROVE– The City Council tonight is expected to vote in favor of a development agreement that will allow the Embassy Suites Hotel to expand by adding 225 rooms.
The additional rooms will be built on land owned by the hotel, said City Manager Matthew Fertal. But the new 9.5-acre parking site will go on land that will be leased by the city to the hotel, he said.
"The city stands to benefit financially from this agreement because of revenue from bed tax and property taxes," Fertal said.
The expansion will also give the hotel the ability to host events during the off-season, he said. Most hotels in the area heavily depend on tourists to Disneyland, Fertal said.
"This way, they can keep their rooms full even after the peak tourist season is over," he said. "This expansion will make the Garden Grove Embassy Suites the most dominating one in Southern California."
Over the last several years, Garden Grove city officials have been trying to woo several big-brand hotels. The Sheraton broke ground last year and is expected to be completed by the fall. Officials are in talks with at least two more large hotels to move into the city's designated resort area.
City officials are also waiting for proposals for a theme park and an aquatic park in the InternationalWEST resort area off Harbor Boulevard.