Frequently Asked Questions

What type of accommodations will be available at the Lodge? Is it a youth hostel?

The Lodge will include a variety of guest rooms, including luxury suites as well as rooms designed for business travelers and cost-conscious and budget-oriented families and sports teams.

Will Lodge amenities be available to non-guests?

Yes, the entire facility will be open to guests and non-guests. The use of meeting spaces and restaurant facilities will be encouraged for nearby neighbors.

How large and how tall is the Lodge?

The Lodge is a maximum of 211,000 square feet with a maximum height of 50 feet. The building height adjacent to Magnolia Street will step down to a reduced height of 40 feet.

 

Will the lodge include lower-cost accommodations?

Each year a survey will be conducted to determine rates of nearby hotel/motel rooms in the Coastal Zone. At least 40 affordable rooms will be priced within the lowest 30 percent of the coastal room rates based on the annual survey.

What type of homes are you planning?

A mix of single-family detached homes and townhomes are planned for the site.  

Will the Tank Farm project help the city to meet the demand for affordable housing?

Yes.  Development impact fees totaling $15 million are designated for affordable housing needs in the city.

Is the project site in the Coastal Zone?

The site is in the Coastal Zone and must adhere to the California Coastal Act and the Coastal Element of the City’s General Plan, as required by law.

Who will maintain the parks?

The project includes privately maintained parks (Magnolia Park & Marsh Park), open to the public.

Who is paying for the Environmental Impact Report?

The city bills Shopoff for 100% of EIR costs – no cost to taxpayers.

What is the time frame for development?

In January 2021, the Huntington Beach City Council voted to approve Shopoff Realty Investments’ plans to transform a blighted industrial property into a vibrant mixed-use, coastal community experience comprised of a variety of uses, including a Lodge, restaurants, residential neighborhood, parks, trails, and viewpoints.  The next step is a public hearing at the Coastal Commission to consider the amendment to the city’s Local Coastal Plan.

Is the site contaminated? Does the ASCON property impact the project?

Over 165 samples have been taken over the last several years, which show no toxic contamination exists on the site. This includes testing adjacent to the ASCON property boundary, which further confirms there is no contamination migrating from ASCON.

What does the Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservancy (HBWC) think of the project?

Many of the project’s features were developed in consultation with HBWC. Furthermore, the project will provide opportunities for wetland stewardship, educational and outreach programs including interpretive programs and expand the Conservancy’s existing offerings.

What educational opportunities will be available once this project is built?

We welcome both local schools and other educational facilities across the state and beyond to visit the wetlands either for a day trip or overnight in the Lodge’s guesthouse.  Marsh Park will provide an observation area, a shade structure, passive recreation areas, and an amphitheater available for interpretive programs and docent-led tours of the marsh.