Beginning in the 1990s, the City Council recognized the need for additional meeting space in Roseville due to strong economic growth, community and business requests, and the general lack of high-end meeting and full-service lodging facilities. Completion of a full-service hotel and conference center would satisfy an unmet community and business need, and would introduce another important amenity capable of generating significant economic benefit.
On April 18, 2012, the City Council was presented with the findings of a preliminary feasibility and market study for a full-service hotel and conference center in Roseville. The results of the analysis indicated that such a project was potentially feasible under a private/public partnership financing structure and that more detailed study was warranted. In response to these findings, Council directed staff to issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) to identify a development team competent in financing, designing, constructing, and operating hotel and conference centers, particularly those with private/public financing experience. On December 5, 2012, following an extensive recruitment and interview process, the City Council selected P3 International, LLC. as the Hotel & Conference Center RFP finalist and approved an initial pre-project agreement and exclusive right to negotiate with P3 International for potential development and operation of the project.
The project would be located on vacant City-owned property adjacent to the Westfield Galleria Mall and Highway 65, and envisions a 250-room full-service hotel with approximately 30,000 square feet of meeting space comprised of breakout meeting rooms, executive boardrooms, and a ballroom large enough to accommodate 1,000 seats in a banquet setting.
Public Opinion Survey Results
To understand and quantify the level of community support for the hotel & conference center project, the City retained the services of Fairbank, Maslin, Metz & Associates (FM3) to conduct public opinion research during the week(s) of November 5th and 12th. FM3 conducted random sampling of businesses and residents, and also directly contacted specific businesses based on total employment and type of services provided. Interviews were conducted via telephone and lasted 10 to 12 minutes. The survey results demonstrated strong support, with over 62% of voters and 79% of businesses in support of the project and the City’s pursuit of it. Click here for a complete breakdown of the survey results.
Over the coming months, City staff will be negotiating a potential contract with P3 International and scrutinizing project details to ensure the City’s involvement with this project would be in the best interest of the Roseville community. If negotiations prove successful, a contract to proceed with development of the project will be presented to the City Council in early to mid-2013 for review.