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Auburn’s New Hotel: 10 Things That May Surprise You

By: Gus Thomson, Reporter/Columnist
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While economic conditions have whipsawed over the last decade, Hoss Bozorgzad’s vision has remained steadfast.

The Auburn entrepreneur said he never lost sight of his dream of building a hotel on a prominent 5.5-acre site off Bowman Road in the Auburn area.

On Thursday, with site work already two weeks into an ambitious schedule to have a foundation in place before winter rainstorms pummel the foothills, Bozorgzad wielded a ceremonial gold shovel with local officials and contractors on his hill of dreams.

Over the next year, a three-story Springhill Suites by Marriott will be built on the site.

Looking for a building project, Bozorgzad was led to the site just north of Luther Road in 2002 to by then-Placer County economic development director Ed Graves.

“It’s a jewel but five developers in the previous 25 years hadn’t been able to get it through the process,” Bozorgzad recalled being told.

Bozorgzad was able to convince Placer County officials that the project met county standards and then ran into a recession that blocked financing for almost a decade.

With funding in place, Poelman Construction of Sacramento has started in on excavation work. Bozorgzad declined to say how much the project will cost when completed. Opening is to be in late 2017.

Auburn’s New Hotel: 10 Things That May Surprise You

1. The new hotel will boost the number of hotel and motel rooms in Greater Auburn by 28 percent. There are about 450 rooms now.

2. Springhill Suites by Marriott is the first new accommodation facility built in Auburn in 22 years. Downtown Auburn’s Holiday Inn, with 100 rooms, opened for business in 1994.

3. The excavation work included digging out a swimming pool that was constructed in the early to mid-20th century on a portion of the property that has 360-degree views.

4. The views will be a big part of the attraction of the new hotel. All but six of the rooms will have views.

5. Marriott agreed to a design that isn’t a typical prototype. The design replicates the feel of an old mining town.

6. Parking will be underground, below the hotel, and secure.

7. The hotel will be managed by Interstate Hotels subsidiary Rim Hospitality. If that’s a familiar name, it’s because Rim was the original manager of the Holiday Inn in Downtown Auburn. An independent California business then, it is now part of Interstate Hotels.

8. The Marriott in Auburn will be the 12th hotel constructed by contractor Poelman Construction of Sacramento.  While the Bowman Road project is taking place, Poelman is also building a boutique hotel in Rancho Murieta.

9. The hill was once a magnet for gold miners. Before construction began, any openings were sealed to ensure the hill being built on was secure.

10. With an eye on gatherings, the Marriott has 2,000 square feet of meeting room space that can be divided into smaller configurations.

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