“The design has a contextual problem – context meaning the design within the realm you’re placing the building,” said Mark Brodeur, director of community and economic development, noting that the nearby Holman Building, museum and library each have a certain design. “They believe the Victorian architectural of the proposal didn’t fit within its context.”
Nader’s Next Hotel Plan Debated
Give them 100% reclaimed toilet-to-tap water. Call it a substainable hotel.
Since its official approval last week, residents had 10 days to appeal the decision, which would then put the project into the hands of the P.G. City Council. Even if the council approved it, the project currently has no water credits. Those would have to come from the city’s Local Water Project.
“The council first has to decide what (water) will be allotted to commercial use and residential use from the reclamation site,” said Aeschliman. “Then it becomes first come first serve.”
Planning Commission Loves Durell Hotel
Nader’s Dream is back. This time the Holmans building becomes a bunch of multi million dollar condos and his big hotel takes up the rest of the block.
Developers are proposing two projects for the Holman Building property. The first project would turn the building into commercial space and condominiums. The second one would bring construction of Pacific Grove’s first hotel. To get it done, the developers need to split the lot and get multiple permits.
Developer Nader Agha is heading up the hotel project. The hotel, if all goes as planned, will be a 135-room Hilton Garden Inn. Agha wants to build it on the back two-thirds of the property.
Holmans Building Will Be Gutted
Would be cool, but no. Expensive condos for weekenders.
Chamber president, Moe Ammar calls the development partners “the dream team” who he believes can do great things with the property given their collective backgrounds and intent. “We want people to come out and give their input,” said Ammar.
If approved, the lot line adjustment would split the property into two parcels. Parcel 1 would be the 120,000-square-foot Holman building being purchased by the development company. The other would be a parcel consisting of the parking lot and Grand Central Station building behind the main parcel, which is currently owned by Nader Agha.
“It’s very simple to split the property, it’s my prerogative,” said Agha. As far as the process goes, Agha said he felt the city went about it the wrong way but now that they are at this point, “let’s see what they do.”
Agha was not ready to talk about his plans for the Grand Central Station property on Thursday. He has been the Holman block property owner since 1995 and has put it up for sale many times. The last was an online auction which was canceled.
New Plan For Holman’s
Gulls need lots of food to produce the bird poo they leave.
Atop the noodle house
Sidewalk N/E Corner Lighthouse and Forest
Thanks to fine businesses downtown the gulls get free access to yummy sustenance.
Juice & Java never fails to leave the garbage open
And Nader Agha’s Holman Building welcomes the birds too.
Remember to wash your hands after visiting
His P.R. Firm
Are there leaders of Pacific Grove still in favor of this relationship with him? Happens often when Nadir gets involved.
Attorney Chris Cayce, who represents Agha in the lawsuit, said Armanasco used the confidential information, protected by a confidentiality agreement, to help Deep Water Desal essentially copy Agha’s plans for a desal plant in Moss Landing, now known as the People’s Moss Landing Desal Project.
This Week Nader Sues . .
But won’t his name cast a negative impression?
Agha said he intends to meet next week with city officials about the plan, which he said would retain the Holman Building in its design.
The Pacific Grove City Council on Thursday created a Holman Hotel Subcommittee with Mayor Bill Kampe and Councilman Alan Cohen to serve as a liaison between project proponents and the council.
“He has some conceptual drawings,” Kampe said of Agha’s new proposal. “We want to make sure we follow due process and not make a decision based on a pretty picture.”
Agha’s last pretty picture:
Nader Agha Back With Another Hotel Plan
Kick ’em while they are down.
Le Normandie in Pacific Grove abruptly shut down two weeks ago, leaving many in the community confused as to why.
The Lighthouse Avenue restaurant in the Holman Building was owned by Christine and Francis Richard — previous owners of now- shuttered Chez Christine in Carmel and Bistro Christine in Monterey — and family friend Nancy Lewis.
“We’re done opening restaurants,” Christine Richard said Thursday. “… I’ve had it.”
Landlord Nadir Agha (who knows a thing or two about lies)
Agha said he made the decision to kick out the owners after he said he found out Christine Richard was lying about the sale of her mother’s home in France — money she allegedly told him she would use to buy the restaurant.
“She still owes us the $40,000,
Here’s a Moe Quote to add to the list of Stupid Things Moe Says:
Ammar believes the Richards are unethical and said in his 20 years with the chamber he has not witnessed “such bad business dealings” as he has with the pair.
Le Normandie Ihors de l’entreprise
He admits having his name on it is a negative. So now it’s going to be run by a company that uses a mission statement “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Hey, they left out “Sustainable”.
“I’m removing myself from the operation because I have decided that if I stay out of it, that will help the project to move forward,” Agha says.
Agha’s Reason To Quit Water Project Is…
Looks like normal Nadir business. Agha says it will cost $129,000,000 and a consultant says it will cost $190,000,000. Lew says he owns it, Nadir says he doesn’t. Lew says he has an agreement with Cal Am, Cal Am says they don’t.
Jaws dropped at the Pacific Grove City Council meeting this week when a man introduced himself and said he was taking over Nader Agha’s “People’s Desal” project.
At Wednesday night’s meeting, Donald Lew, managing partner for the Concord-based JDL Development private equity firm, made the surprising announcement Agha is no longer involved in the desal project, and that the project has been renamed.
Do check out the article in the Pine Cone. Lovely quotes like this:
According to JDL’s website, the family-owned private equity firm has a “focus on private equity investments in innovative companies with disruptive technologies within the health care, natural and renewable resources and green technology markets.”
Agha’s Desal Project Bought Out?