Historic and Design Review Commission gave conceptual approval for a nine-story hotel tower that will replace the abandoned Solo Serve structure on Soledad Street. The nine-story tower marks a breakthrough in redevelopment efforts at the Solo Serve building. The new hotel tower is being designed by Bounds & Gillespie Architects. Merritt Development Group is listed as the firm doing the demolition and the new construction, with Vista Host Inc. being the majority-building owner.
The rest of the building would be acquired by Service Lloyds. Vista Host and Service Lloyds have plans to form a temporary park on the top quarter of the land after the old structure is demolished. Construction plans here call for preservation of a century-old stone retaining wall, and for the lowest level of the hotel to be placed at river level. A restaurant would be built there, and retail space be opened at street level. The site plan also calls for pedestrian access ways from the property to the Riverwalk. City staff added that an archeological investigation is required.