Hilton Garden Inn

Plans for the Hilton Garden Inn at 1201 North H Street in Lompoc are shown in an artist's rendering.

The Hilton Garden Inn project is moving forward after receiving the green light from the Lompoc Planning Commission last week.

“We’re looking forward to this project,” said Gilda Cordova, co-owner of the project. “I think it will be a great addition to the market and a huge opportunity for the city.”

The plan now is to put the project up for bids from three main contractors. Once the proposals are in, the group will make a decision and hopes to break ground before the fourth quarter of this year.

The project is anticipated to take up to 16 months to build, opening in the first quarter of 2017.

The 108,000-square-foot hotel project includes 156 guest rooms, 158 parking spaces, along with four meeting rooms, exercise room, dining areas and a swimming pool. The entry pavilion lounge and dining area will be able to accommodate up to 251 guests.

Cordova said Hilton Garden Inn is an upper-tier brand within Hilton. The Lompoc location will likely cater to a different type of clientele than what current accommodations offer.

“Lompoc has a lot of business (people) that don’t stay here, because there isn’t a full-service hotel with restaurants, meeting rooms and bar areas,” Cordova said.

Former Lompoc Mayor John Linn spoke in favor of the project at the board meeting.

“This four-star inn fills a market segment in Lompoc where we currently have no four-star rooms,” Linn said. “This will bring guests back to Lompoc that have been staying out of town and provide a weekend destination for our ever-growing wine tourism.”

The project will also help fund the Lompoc Tourism Improvement District and help pad the general fund, he added.

“The inn will contribute an additional $100,000 to the Tourism Improvement District for advertising to bring guests to Lompoc and over $500,000 to the city’s general fund each year.”

The project will be located at 1201 North H St.

Kenny Lindberg covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter