Frequently Asked Questions 

Wine Country Hotel at The Bankhead

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does Livermore need a destination hotel downtown?

• The Bankhead Hotel is the anchor for Stockmen’s Park, enabling the success of the entire downtown project.
• The Livermore Valley needs a hotel to qualify as a Wine Country destination with national appeal.

What are the details of the hotel?

• Located across from Stockmen’s Park and Blacksmith Square and next to the Bankhead Theater.
• Three stories, 130 rooms, a spacious lobby lounge, iconic rooftop lounge for both locals and visitors, and 2000 square feet of meeting space.

Why place the hotel next to the Bankhead Theater?

• That location has been part of the Downtown plan for almost two decades
• Hotel experts, business owners, and the Bankhead’s Executive Director all have recommended locating the hotel next to the Bankhead Theater

How many dollars will the hotel contribute to the city's general fund?

• About $23 Million over 30 years, with no need for taxpayer subsidies

What is Presidio's track record in building hotels?

• Presidio has been developing hotels for 20 years
• The Las Alcobas Hotel in Napa Valley demonstrates their quality work:

What are the consequences if voters do not affirm the DA for the Bankhead Hotel?

• The likely loss of Presidio as the hotel developer
• Damage to Livermore’s reputation as a reliable partner
• Even if another developer appears, there would be a delay of at least four years

What's wrong building the hotel next to Blacksmith Square

• No developer has ever expressed interest in building a massive conference center hotel
• A hypothetical conference center would compete with our local businesses, generate traffic, and require taxpayer subsidies

Parking Frequently Asked Questions

Compare the parking in the Approved City Plan to the Initiative Concept

  • The Approved City Plan preserves the amount of parking that exists today and:

    • Adds sufficient parking for all the new uses (hotel, retail, cultural and housing)​

    • Increases total parking, after new uses, by 99 evenly distributed spaces

    • Preserves and adds to the  convenient parking behind the First Street businesses

  • In contrast, the Initiative concept

    • Relocates half of the planned L Street Garage (~250 spaces) to next to the Bankhead at an additional multi-million dollar cost

    • Overly concentrates the parking next to the Bankhead--Livermore does not need 3 garages with over 1,000 spaces immediately surrounding the 500-seat Bankhead

    • Eliminates the convenient surface lot behind the First Street businesses by placing dormitory style housing there

Where is parking needed most and why?

  • First, we need to relocate the ~500 parking spaces displaced by the construction of
    Stockmen’s Park, the expansion of Blacksmith Square, the hotel and the housing

    • The new I Street garage will enlarge the existing garage capacity by 275 spaces
      for a total of 775 (more than adequate to replace the 63 spaces currently in the
      lot next to Bankhead where the hotel will be built)

    • The L Street garage will add 500 spaces

    • The surface lot behind the First Street Ale House will have 48 spaces

    • The new street between the hotel and Bankhead will have 13 spaces along with drop-off and pickup zones for the hotel

    • There are also new diagonal spaces along Veterans Way

  • Second, we need to plan for the future revitalization of the businesses further west on
    First Street as well as on Second and Third Streets

    • This is why adding the 500 space garage near the intersection of First and L
      Streets (which is close to the geographic center of downtown Livermore makes
      good sense)

    • Concentrating the parking in the northeast corner of downtown, as the
      Initiative would, is not consistent with good planning principles

Compare the anticipated traffic impacts of the Approved Plan and the Initiative Concept

  • A professional traffic study showed there would be no significant traffic impact for
    the Approved Plan​

  • There is no comparable traffic study for the Initiative concept, however:

    • The driveways and access points identified in the drawing create a number of
      potential vehicle conflict points on L Street, S. Livermore Ave and Railroad Ave

    • The housing element behind the First Street businesses eliminates service
      access resulting in delivery trucks blocking First Street!

We hope these will answer the main questions that you might have.   If you have a question about a particular piece of the Downtown Plan, please feel free to explore this information about the Plan.   

If you still need a question answered, feel free to send us an email and we will attempt to answer you as soon as possible.  

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