Pendry San Diego – Rendering courtesy of Robert Green Co., Montage Hotels & Resorts

Pendry San Diego – Rendering courtesy of Robert Green Co., Montage Hotels & Resorts

Encinitas-based developer The Robert Green Co. and Montage Hotels & Resorts of Laguna Beach have begun construction on Pendry San Diego, a new 317-room luxury hotel in downtown San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.

Officials said the project will represent an investment of more than $100 million, with the hotel set for a 2016 opening.

Development and civic leaders held a public groundbreaking Oct. 8 at the site, bounded by Fifth, Sixth and Island Avenues and J Street. The location at one time housed a cigar store and was previously considered by another developer for a Marriott Renaissance hotel project that did not go forward.

Developers said Pendry San Diego will include 36 suites, a rooftop pool, two on-site restaurants, a beer hall, spa and fitness facility. There will be more than 22,000 square feet of meeting space and “fashion forward” designed guest rooms.

Founded by San Diego native Robert S. Green Jr., the 15-year-old Robert Green Co. is privately held and focused on hospitality, luxury residential and mixed-use development throughout the western United States.

Montage Hotels & Resorts is a hotel and resort management company founded by Alan J. Fuerstman. It currently operates five luxury properties in California, Hawaii, Utah and South Carolina, with one in development in Mexico, according to its website.