Coastal hotel project in Trinidad to be scaled down, says casino rep; Last week’s top stories

Like this, but you know, different | Amended rendering from the environmental document

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Options are limited in Humboldt County when it comes to hotels with ocean views but all that could change with a coastal project in Trinidad at Cher-Ae Heights Casino, and details of the proposal have been adjusted.

The project’s environmental document shows a stark six-story building with a rooftop event space. Now it appears the hotel will be redesigned and scaled down.

“We’re looking at reducing the height of the hotel to five stories with no rooftop event space,” said project rep David Tyson. “Four stories of rooms with a fifth-story lounge bar or meeting space with big windows to take advantage of the views.”

Tyson says they’re exploring a new color scheme and external treatment featuring a “more attractive northwest look” that better represents the community and culture.

With a vast majority of the rooms facing the ocean, the new concept maintains some of the original attributes like 100 rooms, an indoor pool, a fitness area, a possible partnership with Hyatt, and the addition of about 50 jobs in the community.

An environmental consultant is currently working on responses to comments on the aforementioned document related to wastewater treatment, traffic, design, stormwater, and materials. The consultant is expected to finish responses sometime in January and it will then be up to the Bureau of Indian Affairs to greenlight the project.

At this time the Trinidad Rancheria is aiming to begin construction in the “first quarter of 2019.” Once construction begins they expect it to take “14 to 16 months” to complete.

When reached incumbent Humboldt County Supervisor Steve Madrone said it was his hope that the project be scaled down to fit the natural environment and local community. Things appear to be moving in that direction, but still some want it scaled down even more.

“Most of us feel if it went to three stories we’d probably be OK with it,” said Jason Self, a vocal critic of the initial project.

The Rancheria will likely host a meeting to announce new details when they’re finalized.

Other stories in Episode 107

Alleged gun violence at an Arcata apartment complex, Eureka might be committing a national first when it comes to Indian Island, more worldwide attention on the passing of HSU grad and SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, the presence of gangs in Humboldt analyzed, and much more.

Humboldt Last Week also has some lightheartedness, new music picks, and event suggestions. On the radio throughout the day on 99.1 KISS FM Mondays.

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