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Joe Montana pitches hotel near new stadium

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POSTED October 31, 2013 9:33 p.m.

SANTA CLARA  (AP) — San Francisco 49ers legend Joe Montana said he wants elected officials in Silicon Valley to help him achieve his goal of building upscale restaurants and a luxury hotel near the teams' new stadium before the 2016 Super Bowl.

The Hall of Fame quarterback on Wednesday pitched to Santa Clara city councilmembers his proposed four-star hotel, upscale restaurant and sports bar that he originally wanted to open when the 49ers move to Levi's Stadium in August 2014.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that Montana now hopes the proposed $400 million complex will be open in time for Super Bowl 50 in February 2016.

The city asked Montana's development company to delay its application in July so they could work with another developer, Related California, to make sure both development plans near the stadium were in synch before the council would decide whether to move forward.

Last week, both developers revealed their vision for both a $400 million "Centennial Gateway" involving the Montana Property Group and Related California's larger $1.5 billion proposal dubbed "City Place Santa Clara."

Montana's proposed project would also include office and entertainment space on 9.5 acres of city-owned property located across the street from the stadium site. Retail California's plan is build a larger center that includes a hotel, retail, entertainment and office space on 215 acres that's currently the Santa Clara Golf & Tennis Club and a motocross track.

Montana told the councilmembers they have "been ready for a long time" to take the next step.

"Since then, we've spent many, many hours and many, many dollars meeting with Related to build our site plans together," Montana said. "I'm here to say we're ready to go."

City Manager Julio Fuentes said there are numerous aspects of the plans that still need to be worked out, including the density, height and bulk of the buildings, as well as parking, accessibility issues and its "gateway effect."

"The project in itself is something special, a city in a city, and it should have the characteristics of Santa Clara," Fuentes said.

Fuentes added the city has been hustling because of the looming Super Bowl date, trying to coordinate the master plans of both developers.

"You wanted the Super Bowl, and it is coming," Montana said. "People will come from all over the globe. We believe our project will enhance their experience while they are here."

 

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