San Diego Business Journal

Planners Give the Green Light to Fat City Hotel Project

By Lou Hirsh Monday, July 30, 2012

The San Diego Planning Commission has denied an appeal filed by a hotel workers union, clearing the way for construction to begin next year on a dual-hotel downtown project at the former Fat City/ China Camp restaurant site.

The Unite Here union had filed an appeal of Centre City Development’s Corp.’s June approval of the 364-room hotel development. Planners ruled July 26 that the project complied with city regulations for land use.

The $40 million project at Pacific Highway and West Hawthorn Street, near Little Italy, includes a six-story, 239,100-square-foot building housing a standard hotel and an all-suites hotel.

Developers GLJ Partners and Jonathan Segal have said it will incorporate the Art Deco-style façade of the 1940s-era Tops Night Club, the predecessor of Fat City at that location.