Hotel, restaurant proposed in developing commercial center off Fillmore/I-25
The new commercial uses would be on the opposite side of Chestnut Street from the Kum & Go at Fillmore. That convenience store was the first project in Fillmore West.
Located northwest of the Fillmore/I-25 interchange, the overall 14-acre site is owned by the Bella Fortuna group, headed by long-time area builder John Gatto.
The Kum & Go was built on Chestnut/Fillmore's northeast corner in 2014. The International House of Pancakes restaurant (4,856 square feet on 1.01 acres) would go on the northwest corner, with the Best Western hotel (53,917 square feet on 2.09 acres) north of it. Both are identified by name in the Bella Fortuna plans. Access would be from Chestnut.
The plans, also showing a currently unbranded (and unplatted) 5,280-square-foot retail pad on 1.18 acres between the restaurant and hotel, were submitted for Bella Fortuna by the NES planning company.
Fillmore West was originally called the Palmer House Redevelopment - named after a former large hotel there.
Bella Fortuna's plan for a commercial center at that location initially gained conceptual and zoning approval from City Council six years ago. The old hotel was demolished and the land graded for commercial sites.
However, some plan adjustments were necessary to accommodate the westerly realignment of Chestnut Street, completed in 2013. As part of that road project, Bella Fortuna donated land to widen Fillmore next to the property and helped fund a study to predict how much traffic the future commercial center would add.
City Planner Hannah Van Nimwegen said that administrative approval is all that's required for the new building requests, although she noted that such could change if there's a controversy. However, Bella Fortuna's plans have not incited citizen opposition previously, and the nearest residential neighborhood is on the south side of Fillmore.
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