Garden Grove mayor breaks news on new hotels, a food court, and what’s finally happening with the Rusty Skeleton – Orange County Register

Garden Grove Mayor Steve Jones had a lot of news to deliver in his recent State of the City speech, from new hotels coming to Harbor Boulevard to the tenants of a trendy food hall built in shipping containers to what’s finally – finally – going to happen to the half-finished building everybody knows as the “Rusty Skeleton.”

The city’s long-standing plans to build up the hotel corridor along Harbor Boulevard was the subject of one of Jones’ biggest announcements, revealing the names of the first two of three hotels that will eventually be built on 4.3 acres on Harbor Boulevard next to the Target store and across the street from the existing Hyatt Regency Orange County.

It will be, Jones said, “the largest development project the city has ever seen with an investment of approximately $400 million.”

He described it as a “high-lifestyle resort project,” and said construction will begin later this year. The project will have three new hotel towers with 769 rooms, almost 40,000 square feet of meeting space, and 36,000 square feet of retail and commercial.

“At this time, I am elated to unveil the names of the first two hotel flags that have been secured as part of this amazing new project,” Jones said. “The first tower will be a Le Meridien Hotel by Marriott. The new Grove District hotel will offer approximately 400 rooms, a rooftop bar, two restaurants, and 30,000 square feet of conference space.

“The second tower will be a Kimpton Hotel,” he continued. “The San Francisco-based brand that introduced the boutique hotel concept in America … will offer 200 rooms, a rooftop bar, a restaurant, and 10,000 square feet of conference space.”

The much-anticipated Steelcraft Garden Grove, an outdoor food hall with retailers operating out of renovated shipping containers, also made news during the mayor’s speech. Ground-breaking for the project on Euclid Street next to City Hall will take place on March 5, and the names of the businesses…

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