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What Should Go Here?

New retail building being constructed in front of Los Gatos Motor Inn Hotel on Los Gatos-Saratoga Road wants your input on what businesses should be allowed in the space.

An 8,700 square-foot retail building and the renovation of the is approaching completion on Los Gatos-Saratoga Road, right across from the

And property owner Pelio & Associates, of Saratoga, is asking town residents what should be leased in the retail space, which is tentatively planned to be divided into six spaces.

A sign outside the construction site, 53 Los Gatos-Saratoga Rd., announces the new retail opportunities "coming soon" and asks townsfolk to help decide who the lessees should be by voting with a text with the subject line "LOS" to 66782.

It then lists the "current leaders" as:

  • Chipotle
  • Yoga Studio
  • Starbucks
  • Peet's Coffee
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Beauty Salon

"It's almost done," said Joseph Palafox, project architect with Dennis Kobza & Associates, based in Mountain View. "Probably within the next eight months or so it will be completed, at the most."

Palafox explained the property owner and the lease broker Bob Quigley, senior vice president of SRS Real Estate Partners in San Jose, are being flexible with potential lessees who might be interested in renting more than one of the planned partitions.

"If we get one tenant, it's OK. It all depends on the size the tenant will need. It's very flexible," Palafox added.

Palafox said the owners had to request a building permit to remodel the hotel and the construct the commercial building, which is just about a mile away from downtown Los Gatos. He declined to reveal how much the project has cost.

On the hotel's website, owners indicate they're open during the construction 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

In April, the hotel updated the project's status announcing that the retail building's framing was completed and that the hotel's lobby and pool are coming soon. "We anticipate being fully completed with renovations by this fall," the hotel's website said.

Prior to the retail building being constructed, the hotel's front was empty land, according to Palafox.

For leasing information, the sign says to call Quigley at 408-553-6135 or 408-216-2317.

Gina Swenson August 24, 2012 at 05:08 PM
PF Changs would be terrible; consider the parking, the restaurant's footprint is usually huge, (it's a corny chain restaurant) is not authentic at all, and most importantly the food is soooo unhealthy! A coffee shop would be terrific for the neighborhood, a small healthfood market, a bread bakery.
Gina Swenson August 24, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Also, yes I agree the roof is an eyesore. Why didn't they make it a "living roof"? Think California Science Museum.
AJ November 08, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Please look again. The roof is not flat. It is pitched. The design does not look like corporate architecture. It blends with the surrounding areas. I suggest that you visit and enjoy the place after completion of the project. You will enjoy being there.
Dave January 24, 2013 at 07:31 AM
We don't need another Starbucks, that's for sure. Chipolte is already on the corner of Blossom Hill and Los Gatos Blvd. We don't need PF Changs. We need to encourge more unique companys for food, stores, entertainment and others not mentioned. Maybe talk with one of the owners at Santana Row and convince them to open a second location here. Please no more Starbucks though. Two is enough.

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