Hearing positive comments from our supporters is great, but when they decide to write a letter on our behalf…well it does not get much better than that!
Monterey Herald - 6/24/21
In support of PG hotel project
I wanted to voice my opinion about the ATC project in Pacific Grove; a hotel and commercial property. My understanding is that it will be an important sustainable hotel property. A sustainable hotel property will be a great model for sustainable practices for other hospitality properties in the Monterey Bay region and a great learning model for students at CSUMB, MPC, Hartnell, Cabrillo and other learning institutions including high schools.
The project will improve a site that has been deteriorating over the years. As I understand it, the hotel will feature many sustainable practices including a LEEDS building certification, will follow Green Hotelier guidelines, a “green roof” to conserve energy, solar panels, a rain catchment system and a greywater reprocessing system. I also believe the project will include extensive measures to protect wildlife and marine life. An example is the windows will feature anti-glare bird-strike film.
Needless to say, the project will provide jobs, internships, career and educational opportunities and of course local tax revenues.
— John L. Avella, director emeritus Sustainable Hospitality Management Program, College of Business, CSU Monterey Bay
Monterey Herald - 6/8/21
In support of PG hotel project
I was a real estate developer in the Portland, Oregon area for 30 years before moving to the Monterey Peninsula to be closer to my children and grandchildren. My daughter lives on 5th Street in Pacific Grove less than a mile from the Tin Cannery building.
I have seen a lot of different types of development and re-development projects throughout my career and spent the last decade partnering with other stakeholders on mixed-use, master-planned developments including a 400-acre mixed-use, master-planned development which included corporate headquarters, retail, hotels, office space, residential and assisted living facilities, all within green spaces and parks.
When I moved here one of the first things I noticed was the neglected condition of the American Tin Cannery building. In any community, it would be an eyesore, but in such a beautiful setting it really doesn’t fit. From the perspective of a real estate developer, it is sad to see such an underutilized piece of real estate.
I have seen the plans for the redevelopment proposal for the Tin Cannery building and believe any city would be proud to have a development like what is being proposed. Not to discount the tourism and tax revenue that would help take the pressure off of needing to raise taxes for local residents in addressing an aging infrastructure.
— Steve Madison, Monterey
Monterey Herald - 5/16/21
Thanking ATC developers and others
As a parent of a Pacific Grove High School senior, I’d like to thank all the volunteer parents who came together to make this year memorable for the Class of 2021. From door-step spirit drops to drive-in movies, our kids got the opportunity to feel connected to each other and their school. The list of supporters and donors is too long to mention but to highlight a few, I’d like to thank the Pacific Grove High School Alumni Association for covering the costs of senior yard signs and custom Breaker blankets as one of the last doorstep-spirit drops, Debby Beck –The Real Estate Group for the senior banners downtown and Comstock, developers of the old American Tin Cannery site for supporting our Breakers Light the Way Fundraiser and Beach Ball event, giving a safe, prom-like gathering for our seniors. The Alumni Association was a natural fit, but for a company like Comstock to step up was very impressive and truly helped ensure the event would happen. It got me thinking about what else their project would do to help our community and the list is long. Yes, there are millions of dollars in tourism revenues that the city will receive, but I am more interested in the good-paying jobs created that can help our graduates live in the area. I’ve also heard that Comstock will be creating an internship program to help train local high school and college students in sustainable hospitality practices. It will also be wonderful to hold proms and reunions in our beautiful hometown of Pacific Grove. All these facts, in addition to the hundreds of thousands of dollars the project will generate for our school district, make the ATC – Pacific Grove project critical for our kids and in my opinion, a no-brainer!
— Deme Jamson, Pacific Grove
Carmel Pine Cone - 4/30/21
As the owner of a piano shop in Pacific Grove, like many other businesses, I’ve been hit hard by the pandemic. While the public and our elected officials have been focused on restaurants and retail locations, and rightfully so, other businesses like mine are also an important part of our local economy. That is why I’m extremely supportive of projects that will bring opportunity to Pacific Grove, and the American Tin Cannery hotel project will do just that. The support Comstock Development has already shown our community is well
documented, but that support will continue during construction and operations. Yes, local small businesses will see an immediate increase in foot-traffic, but service-based businesses will also thrive. From commercial laundries and landscapers to florists and yes, fine pianos, we all have a better chance at success with the approval of this project.
Mark Stevens, Pacific Grove
Carmel Pine Cone - 4/30/21
Supports Hotel Plan
I am a resident of Pacific Grove and I wish to express my full support for the development of the American Tin Cannery site as proposed by Comstock Development. As an environmentalist and historian, I see this as an extraordinary opportunity to achieve a balance between the preservation of history, enhancement of the environment, and generation of revenue essential to the community — with essentially zero impact on traffic, noise, or other disturbance to the day to day lives of the citizens or wildlife of the city.
David A. Laws, Pacific Grove
Monterey Herald - 3/19/21
Time to focus on kids after difficult a year
I am an elementary school teacher in Pacific Grove and although I am seeing positive steps forward, we can all admit that this year has been especially tough on our school, our district, our parents and especially our students. As we begin to see our lives return to some sense of normalcy, these kids are going to need all the support they can get. From our school to our recreation department, an increase in student serving programs is critical to their health and well-being. I recently learned that a community-minded group is going to repurpose and reimagine the old American Tin Cannery building. From that development, our city will see approximately $3 million in yearly revenue and our PG schools will see over a quarter of a million dollars in property tax proceeds each year. That means the potential for increased emotional, mental and physical programs, which directly impact the children of Pacific Grove. I love our city and I want the best for our kids. This project seems the best way to achieve success for both of them.
— Anne Hober, Pacific Grove
Monterey Herald - 2/21/21
Pacific Grove’s quality of life
The proposed American Tin Cannery hotel in Pacific Grove is all about the future of quality of life in town. We need to fund the library services, public parks, the Museum of Natural History, roads, sewer system, and public safety. We need a full-service hotel where we can host local events for kids, families, seniors and civic clubs. I have a lot of faith that our great Mayor Bill Peake and City Council will be able to balance the needs of the people, trees and harbor seals.
The time has come for Pacific Grove to reap the benefits of the visitors just like its neighbors Monterey and Carmel. At 225 rooms in size, the hotel is relatively small for the 5-acre parcels that make up the combined area of the site. By comparison, the Clement/Intercontinental hotel on Cannery Row is a little over one acre in size. The bigger the hotel, the fewer taxes we have to pay. It is all about jobs for our kids and grandkids. We need a decent size, upscale hotel to survive and deliver the municipal services that we want. I have a lot of sympathy for the few residents that reside nearby, but I remember when the property had 50 outlet stores, shops and restaurants. It attracted thousands of locals and visitors when the outlets were popular. The challenge is that the neighbors have enjoyed the peace and quiet since the outlets departed.
I want to thank the developer Bob Comstock for his interest in building this project, especially during this pandemic. We are very fortunate to do business with such a decent team.
— Moe Ammar, president of Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce
Monterey Herald - 2/12/21
In support of ATC project
As a Pacific Grove homeowner and parent of children in the Pacific Grove Unified School District, I’m extremely excited for the prospect of the ATC – Pacific Grove Hotel and Commercial Project. I’ve had a chance to thoroughly review the city of Pacific Grove’s EIR and the project plans and I am very impressed with its environmental protections and the lengths taken to create a truly sustainably built and operated property. As a parent, however, I am most excited that the project will be providing to our schools and our community. The school district will receive an increase of approximately $250,000 a year in property tax revenue which during this pandemic is sorely needed. Additionally, this project will provide modern event and meeting space for our city’s residents, non-profits and schools. Wouldn’t it be great for PG Pride’s events or the PG High prom to actually be held in Pacific Grove? I think so and that is why I support this project.
— Paul Black, Pacific Grove
Monterey Herald - 2/3/21
In favor of ATC hotel project
My husband and I retired to Pacific Grove many years ago. We were drawn to the city because it was safe, clean and provided a number of programs and services for seniors. We enjoy shopping downtown, playing tennis and strolling along the Rec Trail, but in recent years, we
have begun to see the wear and tear on our beautiful hometown. Fewer services for seniors and our city’s youth, empty storefronts and buildings in need of repair. We know our city has financial struggles, most cities do during these crazy times, but those cities are preparing for what comes next. The hotel project at the old American Tin Cannery is what’s next. The reports show revenue of over $3 million per year. That is revenue that will help fund services for people like us and people you. That is also revenue that supports our recreation department and our parks. Let’s take that old building and turn it into something that actually benefits all of us.
— Wendy and John Evans, Pacific Grove
Monterey Herald - 1/31/21
In support of ATC hotel project
As a volunteer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, I know the value of protecting our beautiful coastline and the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. As a Pacific Grove homeowner, I know the importance of preserving the character of our hometown. To achieve both, however, we need to leverage our assets and create a foundation for the future of our city. That is why I support the proposed hotel development at the American Tin Cannery. The environmental reports are extensive and show a level of realistic and sustainable protections for our coast and I’m excited about the publicly accessible green roof. Factor in all the other green building elements referenced in the EIR and you’ve got something that we can be confident in its environmental provisions while being proud that it is part of our city. Take a look at the studies and then ask yourself, can we protect Pacific Grove and have something that contributes to the community? The answer is yes.