UPDATE, 5/26: By a 5-0 vote, the Port Commissioners chose the H. Parker proposal on Wednesday, May 24.
“In the future, the proposed development projects will stimulate more business in the harbor and generate more revenue to the District,” wrote Oscar Peña, General Manager at Ventura Port District in a memo to the Board of Port Commissioners.
The Ventura Harbor Commission will hold a meeting open for public comment on two proposed projects for the Ventura Harbor, which include hotels, restaurants and other commercial properties.
The Port District owns two properties along Spinnaker Drive — midway and at the end — that may be used for either of two remaining proposals being considered: one by H. Parker Hospitality, owners of the Fess Parker hotels, and the second by developer John Ashkar, who has already-approved and/or under-construction multifamily residential projects in Ventura.
The parcels of land are 120,000 square feet in total. H. Parker proposes a 30-room hostel and pocket park and a 75-room boutique hotel. Ashkar’s group, Pacific Heritage, proposes a three-story mixed-use building and a 75-room boutique hotel.
A PowerPoint presentation of Ashkar’s proposal showcases a proposed boardwalk and several restaurants, including Stonehaus and Bogie’s, as well as a farmers market and specialty shops.
The developers will have 10 minutes allotted time to speak, while the rest of the meeting will be open for public comments.
Everard Ashworth, commissioner and chairman of the Harbor Commission, says that he hopes to have a final vote on the proposals on Wednesday.
“We’re hopeful that we can now move forward with a design that will meet everyone’s agreement on what will be the next good thing for the harbor,” said Ashworth.
The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at Ventura Port District Office, 1603 Anchors Way Drive, Ventura. For more information, visit www.venturaharbor.com/port-commission.