San Joaquin County explores building hotel near airport


STOCKTON — The Stockton Metropolitan Airport is looking for developers interested in building a 150 to 200-room hotel on airport property.

The airport has issued a Request for Qualification to developers to build the proposed facility at the corner of Arch Road and B Street.

“The difference between a Request for Qualification and a Request for Proposal is we aren’t asking people to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to put in a full proposal,” said Airport Director Harry Mavrogenes. “It’s the first step to determine what kind of interest there is. If we get a lot of response, we hit a good time in the market.”

The proposed hotel would provide conference space to augment the nearby Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center. Airport officials believe that improving demand and increased hotel rates and occupancy make this a good time to expand the county’s supply of hotel rooms.

“When you see the occupancy go up above the low 70 (percent) the market is tightening up,” said Mavrogenes. “The Hotel and Conference Center Study prepared for the county last year, cited this location as one of the prime hotel opportunities in the county. There hasn’t been a lot of hotel development since the recession.”

The airport currently accommodates approximately 180,000 passengers per year and recently began air cargo services with Amazon.

The plan for the hotel could be based on the plans for a similar hotel in Sacramento. A new Hyatt Hotel is under construction at Sacramento International Airport.

“It’s a different market, but that would be kind of a blueprint,” said Mavrogenes.

The developer of the Sacramento hotel found there was more interest than originally thought, which prompted it to expand its 150-room project to include 15 additional suites.

The deadline for the proposals is Nov. 23 at which time several developers will be asked back to prepare specific proposals. A selected developer will then be given an exclusive negotiation agreement with the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors. A final selection will be made in early spring 2017.
“I would say we could see construction by next fall (2017) or spring year after (2018),” said Mavrogenes.


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