El Dorado Hills Town Center Gets New Centerpieces

The hotel, planned just east of the project’s centerpiece lake, will include a 250-seat conference center and a Mikuni restaurant and sushi bar.

Construction is set to start early next year and be completed by the end of 2010.

“I think (the hotel) completes the puzzle. It’s the last piece of the Town Center,” says Tony Mansour, head of the Mansour Co., which developed the 100-acre complex off Highway 50 near Latrobe and White Rock roads.

The center – which aims to re-create the feel of an affluent downtown with a Main Street of upscale eateries and retail shops – is ringed by a fitness center, Nugget grocery, Target store, a Mercedes-Benz auto dealership and 75,000 square feet of office space.

The Town Center already has one hotel – a Holiday Inn Express. The upscale new lodgings are being built by the Affinito family, long-time Sacramentans who started out in the grocery business here and now own hotels in Fort Bragg and in Ocean Shores, Wash.

“We were looking to open another hotel, and it’s great to do it in our own backyard,” says Michelle Affinito, who is overseeing the project.

The four-story, 100-room hotel will offer the “boutique” services of the family’s other properties, she says, with amenities like “fruit and croissants waiting in your room to make you feel comfortable.”

It hasn’t been determined whether the hotel project, costing $15 million to $25 million, will be affiliated with a national chain or be independent, she says.

Mansour says he wanted a high-end hotel right in the heart of the center, enabling guests to “walk out the door and go to the movies, eat or shop without having to move their cars.”

As for the IMAX, it’s set to open Friday in the existing Regal Cinemas complex, where one of the 14 screens was converted to the large-scale IMAX format. An IMAX spokesman says it’s the first in the Sacramento area to employ the company’s new digital projection system.

Bob Shallit, Sacramento Bee
Published Thursday, October 23, 2008

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