City greenlights Fairfield Inn construction

Construction on the second floor of the Fairfield Hotel in Winters has begun. Photo by Crystal Apilado/Winters Express

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This week the Winters Building Department approved second-floor construction of the Fairfield Inn.  

City Manager, Kathleen Trepa said the hotel passed inspection, giving the green light to building crews to move forward with construction.

Since the Jan. 7 groundbreaking event, the building of the 72 room, three-story hotel fell behind schedule for the past four months. That was in part due to COVID-19 and because Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and AT&T were unable to complete underground cable and electrical work, said owner Mike Ali.  

Additionally, says Ali, a shortage of structural steel caused delays.

The project previously experienced a three-year delay on the development side.

The hotel is expected to open toward the end of July 2020 and will offer both standard rooms and suites with pricing starting in the $100 range, according to the project owner.

Trepa said the city is excited to see the progress as it will provide more sustainable jobs in the community and revenue to the city’s tax base from the 12 percent Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT).

“We are looking forward to the grand opening of a new hotel that will not only service our community but travelers along the way.  Projects like this will help other Winters’ businesses prosper,” said City of Winters building official Gene Ashdown.

The hotel is located next to the I-505 corridor and has been referred to as the “freeway hotel” due to Its convenient proximity to Winters, Lake Berryessa and the PG&E training facility.

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