Calexico Chronicle

Calexico Chronicle: Imperial’s ‘Ghost’ Hotel Gets New Life


AUGUST 12, 2021 – IN BUSINESS FEATURED STORIES REGIONAL NEWS: Planning Commission Awards Permit to Restart Dormant Development; 2023 Opening Eyed

IMPERIAL — When Karin Eugenio ran for office in 2018, she focused on the notorious “ghost” hotel as a central piece of her reformist platform, promising to be a watchdog against “vampire developers.”

Now the city of Imperial’s mayor, Eugenio was overjoyed to finally be able to speak about the future of the town’s four-story symbol to broken promises and mismanagement, the former Holiday Inn & Suites project north of Neckel Road off Highway 86 that was abandoned midway through construction in 2014.

As Mayor Eugenio watched from home via Facebook Live, the Imperial Planning Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday evening, Aug. 11, to award a conditional-use permit to Gafcon Inc. of San Diego, whose chief development officer said the company will aim to open a fully functional hotel in the first quarter of 2023. Read More
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