Hotel office – Jelato Donna http://jelato-donna.com/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:28:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://jelato-donna.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-23T175350.859-150x150.png Hotel office – Jelato Donna http://jelato-donna.com/ 32 32 Eco Devo buys an old hotel https://jelato-donna.com/eco-devo-buys-an-old-hotel/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 14:28:15 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/eco-devo-buys-an-old-hotel/ In a project that has been underway for months, Great Bend Economic Development Inc. announced this week that it has purchased the unique Highland Hotel property at 3017 10th St. with plans to develop a new hotel on the site. . “This project (dubbed Project Change) began in January 2022 as a roundtable discussion of […]]]>

In a project that has been underway for months, Great Bend Economic Development Inc. announced this week that it has purchased the unique Highland Hotel property at 3017 10th St. with plans to develop a new hotel on the site. .

“This project (dubbed Project Change) began in January 2022 as a roundtable discussion of our community’s greatest needs,” said GBED President Sara Hayden. When the conversation ensued at 3017 10th Street, it ended with the decision to “go there.”

“It’s only been so long since we can say, ‘someone should do something about it,’ someone is Great Bend Economic Development.

“After lengthy negotiations, we were able to agree on a fair price for the property.” The price is not disclosed and the installation was purchased from foreign owners.

“Thinking things were going well from there, we started planning and dreaming about the future of this property and its place in the landscape of our community,” Hayden said. “Little did we know that seven months of back and forth were to follow before, finally, in August 2022, we secured ownership of 3017 10th Street.”

A long walk

However, she said there was no timeline for future development.

“Ultimately, our goal is to see this property again as a hotel for Great Bend,” she said. “Before we get to that, we need to go through some legal procedures to make sure everything is in place to allow us to make the best use of it.”

While they’d like this project to sprint forward, they have to settle for a walk for now, “keeping in mind that the forward motion is a success,” she said.

Now they have a lot to do before substantial changes can be made.

“We are committed to cleaning it up and securing it to make it safe for our community,” she said. “It’s no mystery that this building harbors dangerous activities. We want to make sure that, to the best of our abilities, we prevent these dangerous acts from happening. »

Over the next month the landscaping will be cleaned, the front roof secured and the windows and doors covered.

“These measures, along with other safety measures, will help keep our community safe,” she said.

The future

“Once we have completed the legal tasks necessary to move forward responsibly, we will begin the dismantling process,” Hayden said. It is a mostly concrete building over 60,000 square feet, and demolition will not be easy or inexpensive.

“We will be soliciting multiple bids for this project to ensure we are good stewards of our funds, but no doubt we will bring partners together to help achieve this goal,” she said. “We still have a long way to go in terms of costs.”

Their primary objective is to see this property once again house a hotel. “While we have many wonderful hotels in our area that we know will continue to be successful, we have a hotel study showing how many nights we are missing due to a lack of rooms, among other things,” a- she declared.

“We plan to start conversations with leading developers and hotel chains to secure the right opportunity to take our community to the next level,” she said.

The past

The old hotel sits on five acres of land. In the latest report, the building is valued at $27,720 and the land at $489,360, according to the Barton County Assessor’s Office ORKA site.

Opened in 1964, Highland Manor has become a Great Bend landmark and local showcase. With the addition of the convention center and office complex in the 1980s, it was an anchor on 10th Street, a location for meetings, banquets, and important civic events.

However, it has changed hands several times over the years as these facilities have lost their relevance. The Highland became the Holiday Inn, the Parkside Hotel and finally the Great Bend Hotel and Convention Center which closed in 2016.

The next owners, Retreat at Great Bend LLC. of Canada, hoped to turn it into a timeshare resort.

There were times when taxes were not paid on the property and the City of Great Bend had to reduce them. Criminal activity has also been reported.

In the end, the station never saw the light of day and the property resold at least once before GBED purchased it.

In June 2011, the city council approved the use of $500,000 donated by an anonymous group of local residents to purchase the convention center separately from the hotel. This part has been remodeled and transformed into the center of events in the city.

Visit www.gbedinc.com/projectchange?fbclid=IwAR1-kinTgqBAeadINHLcyhb5zzodMVUwxH0dv0tqOa5yn1_kaXU2FZpibrY for a video and more information on the GBED effort.

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ATS commandos conduct night mock drill at Vagator Hotel: Goa News https://jelato-donna.com/ats-commandos-conduct-night-mock-drill-at-vagator-hotel-goa-news/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 02:11:10 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/ats-commandos-conduct-night-mock-drill-at-vagator-hotel-goa-news/ Only 30% of messages for the Mopa police station, the traffic cell obtains approval India time | 3 hours ago | 25-09-2022 | 04:44 India time 3 hours ago | 25-09-2022 | 04:44 Panaji: Cabinet has approved only 30% of posts recommended by Goa Police for Mopa Airport Police Station and a Traffic Cell. The […]]]>
Only 30% of messages for the Mopa police station, the traffic cell obtains approval
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Panaji: Cabinet has approved only 30% of posts recommended by Goa Police for Mopa Airport Police Station and a Traffic Cell. The Goa Police had submitted a proposal to create 160 posts for Mopa Airport Police Station and 47 miscellaneous traffic posts. cell at Mopa airport. However, the administrative reform department recommended the creation of 43 posts for the police station and 21 posts for the traffic cell. “Cabinet has approved the creation of 43 posts for the Mopa Police Station and 21 posts for the Mopa Traffic Cell,” said Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. .The 43 sanctioned positions for the police station include one police inspector, two police sub-inspectors, three assistant sub-inspectors, 14 police chiefs and 23 constables, including three drivers. Similarly, the traffic cell was sanctioned with one PI, two PSI, three ASI, six chief constables and nine constables. Wazari, Casarvarnem, Hassapur, Chandel, Ibrampur, Hankhane and Alorna. In March, Goa Police issued an order assigning 23 police officers to Mopa Airport Police Station with immediate effect.

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Offices and residence tower lined up for One Medlock https://jelato-donna.com/offices-and-residence-tower-lined-up-for-one-medlock/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:50:02 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/offices-and-residence-tower-lined-up-for-one-medlock/ Developers Dominvs Group and Whitbread have released their ambitions for the Deansgate Locks Premier Inn site, which is part of Manchester City Council’s First Street development framework. Whitbread owns the five-story hotel site, which will be demolished to make way for the new One Medlock Street scheme. Designed by Jon Matthews Architects and Planit-IE, the […]]]>

Developers Dominvs Group and Whitbread have released their ambitions for the Deansgate Locks Premier Inn site, which is part of Manchester City Council’s First Street development framework.

Whitbread owns the five-story hotel site, which will be demolished to make way for the new One Medlock Street scheme.

Designed by Jon Matthews Architects and Planit-IE, the project comprises a 13-story block offering 387,500 square feet of Class A office space. Each floor would have its own outdoor amenity space, according to initial designs. The office building would be located on the east side of the site, facing Medlock Street.

On the west side of the site would be the 37-storey student housing tower. With 1,000 student rooms spread over nearly 323,000 square feet. The tower would have amenity space on the ground, first, 11th and 37th floors. The north facade of the building would also have space for the display of public works of art.

Three public realm areas are proposed: Wood Pocket Park, River Street Rain Garden, and Edge Street. Edge Street would be a green street with trees and ornamental plants and would connect the project to the nearby River Street Tower, another student housing development.

The proposals don’t include much parking, with only six disabled spaces for the office building and two for the student tower planned. This is intended to encourage workers and residents to make sustainable travel choices, proponents say.

Consultation on the proposals will continue until October 5. The consultation website is onemedlockstreet.co.uk.

Planning consultant Turley is preparing a formal planning application to be submitted later in October. If permission is granted, construction could begin by the end of 2023.

The developers estimate that full-time jobs would be created during the three-year construction period.

CGI showing how One Medlock Street will fit into the Manchester skyline. Credit: via consultation documents

Dominvs Group Senior Director Jay Ahluwalia said the company was “delighted to present these transformation plans to repurpose this site into the city centre”.

Ahluwalia continued: “The site offers an opportunity to contribute to a vibrant new neighborhood by providing a mix of commercial office space and student accommodation, making it an attractive and sustainable setting for working, studying and living. and we look forward to engaging with the surrounding community through our public consultation.

Richard Pearson, senior development manager at Whitbread, explained the decision to redevelop the Premier Inn site.

“We have recently invested in new hotel accommodation in the city centre, including the new 157-room Premier Inn on Princess Street as part of the Circle Square development, just a short walk from the Medlock Street site,” it said. -he declares.

“Our decision to redevelop the Deansgate Locks Premier Inn site is part of our wider strategy to ensure that our city center hotel offering is of the highest quality and in the best locations for our guests.”

Pearson added: “We now have the opportunity to realize the true potential of the Medlock Street site by creating high quality workspace and student accommodation at a major city center gateway, while generating funds. to reinvest in our Manchester hotel network elsewhere. .”

Elsewhere on First Street, Ask Real Estate is building a 180,000 square foot office. Like the Whitbread and Dominvs scheme, this building is also designed by Jon Matthews Architects. Approval from Ask’s office was granted in May, with the Government Property Agency signing a lease for most of the space in June.

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Kahlil artist Robert Irving says he was racially profiled by High Line hotel staff https://jelato-donna.com/kahlil-artist-robert-irving-says-he-was-racially-profiled-by-high-line-hotel-staff/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 21:56:39 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/kahlil-artist-robert-irving-says-he-was-racially-profiled-by-high-line-hotel-staff/ On September 19, artist Kahlil Robert Irving filed a racial discrimination complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights against the High Line hotel in Manhattan, accusing the workers of trespassing and of verbal abuse, reports Hyperallergic. According to Irving’s complaint, on the morning of January 22, he was sleeping in his hotel […]]]>

On September 19, artist Kahlil Robert Irving filed a racial discrimination complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights against the High Line hotel in Manhattan, accusing the workers of trespassing and of verbal abuse, reports Hyperallergic. According to Irving’s complaint, on the morning of January 22, he was sleeping in his hotel room when a manager came in and asked if Irving was okay, as his door was supposed to be slightly ajar. Shortly after, the artist said, the manager and another person entered the room. The manager allegedly shouted that the entertainer was not supposed to be there and accused him of being homeless as his partner blocked the door. “As a twenty-nine year old black male, it was very traumatic to be confronted with two older white males who stormed into my hotel room without warning while I was sleeping, yelling at me and saying that I had to leave immediately and that the police were called,” Irving wrote in his complaint. “Can anyone seriously believe that this incident would have happened and happened in such an aggressive and malicious manner, for any other reason, and in the absence of hostile racial stereotypes?” Irving, who is now seeking legal action after the hotel apparently dismissed the episode as a “serious misunderstanding”, had exposure at MoMA at the time the alleged verbal assault took place.

Read it on Hyperallergic

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Ten beautiful brutalist interiors with a surprisingly welcoming feel https://jelato-donna.com/ten-beautiful-brutalist-interiors-with-a-surprisingly-welcoming-feel/ Sun, 18 Sep 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/ten-beautiful-brutalist-interiors-with-a-surprisingly-welcoming-feel/ For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up 10 brutalist interiors from the UK to Brazil and Indonesia that show how textiles, plants and colors can be used to soften monolithic concrete spaces and create a warm atmosphere. Brutalism as an architectural style often uses concrete to create large, sculptural buildings. These interiors in brutalist buildings […]]]>

For our latest lookbook, we’ve rounded up 10 brutalist interiors from the UK to Brazil and Indonesia that show how textiles, plants and colors can be used to soften monolithic concrete spaces and create a warm atmosphere.

Brutalism as an architectural style often uses concrete to create large, sculptural buildings. These interiors in brutalist buildings feature plenty of concrete and harsh angles, but still manage to feel both warm and welcoming.

Colorful tiles, wooden details and tactile textiles and an abundance of green plants have been used to create welcoming living rooms, bathrooms and even workspaces in these brutalist buildings, which include the Barbican in London and the Riverside Tower in Antwerp.

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring granite kitchens, terrazzo restaurants and atriums that brighten up residential spaces.


The photo is by Tommaso Riva

A Brutalist Tropical House, Indonesia, by Patisandhika and Dan Mitchell

Designer Dan Mitchell worked with architecture studio Patisandhika to create this brutalist home in Bali, which features a double-height living room filled with books, records and potted plants.

The house has a two-level design inspired by modernist architect Ray Kappe’s Kappe Residence. Inside, colorful objects, textiles and furnishings draw inspiration from the work of Clifford Still, Ellsworth Kelly and the Bauhaus movement to give the home a warm feel.

Read more about A Brutalist Tropical Home ›


Large living room with concrete ceiling
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House of Concrete Experiences, India, by Samira Rathod

As the name suggests, House of Concrete Experiments features sculptural concrete walls. Warm wood details offset the gray hues, while the concrete floor has been inlaid with black stones to create an interesting pattern.

Large windows and geometric skylights help make the room bright and inviting.

Learn more about the House of Concrete Experiences ›


Turquoise table in a room with concrete walls
The photo is by Olmo Peeters

Riverside Tower Apartment, Belgium, by Studio Okami Architecten

Studio Okami Architecten stripped down the walls of this apartment in Antwerp’s Riverside Tower to let its original structure take center stage.

Colorful details such as a turquoise table and sky blue spiral staircase and a playful, sculptural lamp give the house a contemporary feel, while plenty of green plants bring more life to the otherwise gray interior.

Read more about Riverside Tower Apartment ›


Atrium bathed in light in brutalist house
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Rough Concrete, India, by The Grid Architects

Designed as a “neo-brutalist” house, Beton Brut in India has a number of dramatic features, including a sky-lit atrium that stretches across the house.

The Grid Architects described the house as “characterized by bare concrete, geometric shapes, a monochromatic palette and a monolithic appearance”. Wooden floors and furniture and many textiles soften the brutalist interior of the house and its potentially severe appearance.

Learn more about Raw Concrete ›


Shakespeare Tower Apartment by Takero Shimazaki Architects
The photo is by Anton Gorlenko

Barbican Apartment, UK, by Takero Shimakazi Architects

This apartment in the brutalist Barbican estate of London’s Shakespeare Tower has been revamped by Takero Shimakazi Architects in a nod to the client’s close ties to Japan.

Details such as checkered wood paneling and wooden joinery have been added throughout the apartment, which also features Japanese-inspired details including a tatami-lined area.

Read more about the Barbican apartment ›


Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura
The photo is by Joana Franca

Concrete house, Brazil, by Debaixo do Bloco Arquitetura

Debaixo do Bloco’s design for this sculptural home in Brazil is divided into three sections to provide a clear distinction between the various programs.

Inside, the interior has a mid-century modern feel, with glossy wooden flooring and a PH glass table lamp by Danish designer Louis Poulsen decorating a side table.

Learn more about the concrete house ›


An office table and chairs inside the office
The photo is by Lorenzo Zandri

Smithson Tower Office, UK, by ConForm

The brutalist Smithson Tower in Mayfair is the location of this “simple” office designed by ConForm Architects. The studio divided the space into eight zones defined by the solid structural grid of the existing building and added low-level millwork.

The result is a design that softens austere office spaces and makes rooms more intimate.

Learn more about the Smithson Tower Desk ›


The Standard Hotel in London by Shawn Hausman Design
Photo courtesy of The Standard

The Standard London, UK, by Shawn Hausman

Designer Shawn Hausman created the colorful interior of The Standard hotel in London, located in a brutalist building, to contrast “the greyness of London”.

“I would say with this property we were a bit more colorful than usual, and I think part of that works in contrast to the brutalist building the hotel is in,” Hausman explained.

In the bathrooms, tiled walls in pink and black stripes and pops of pale mint green give the room a fun, playful feel.

Read more about The Standard London ›


The Preston Hollow by Specht Architects
The photo is by Casey Dunn

Preston Hollow, USA, by Specht Architects

The long, undulating concrete volumes of Preston Hollow in Dallas were designed to reference the brutalist Texas architecture of the 1950s and 1960s, but the house was built to wrap around the courtyards, creating a lively, open feel.

Inside the low-rise buildings, mid-century modern-style furniture nods to the house’s architectural references, but the interior is updated with the addition of modern art.

Read more about Preston Hollow ›


Barbican apartment designed by John Pawson
The photo is by Gilbert McCarragher

Barbican Apartment, UK, by John Pawson

British architect John Pawson created this apartment in London’s Barbican building using his signature minimalist aesthetic.

The flat, which overlooks central London and has a small concrete balcony, was left almost empty with just a few pieces of furniture and light wooden surfaces. Three works of art, a Buddha sculpture and a grandfather clock are the only decorative elements in the space.

Read more about the Barbican apartment ›

This is the latest in our lookbook series, which is visually inspired by the Dezeen archives. For more inspiration, check out previous lookbooks featuring granite kitchens, terrazzo restaurants and atriums that brighten up residential spaces.

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Quick stop for visitors, Ahmedabad’s Toran Hotel could make way for a renovation project https://jelato-donna.com/quick-stop-for-visitors-ahmedabads-toran-hotel-could-make-way-for-a-renovation-project/ Thu, 15 Sep 2022 22:13:24 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/quick-stop-for-visitors-ahmedabads-toran-hotel-could-make-way-for-a-renovation-project/ It was lunchtime rush hour on a Wednesday afternoon. The basic dining room at the Toran Hotel, opposite the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, consists of six six-seater tables and three four-seater tables. Three tourists from Guwahati sat at one of three four-seater tables. “We had come to the ashram and stopped here for lunch,” said […]]]>

It was lunchtime rush hour on a Wednesday afternoon. The basic dining room at the Toran Hotel, opposite the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, consists of six six-seater tables and three four-seater tables.

Three tourists from Guwahati sat at one of three four-seater tables. “We had come to the ashram and stopped here for lunch,” said the tourists from Assam. Soon four policemen walk in and without looking at the menu order two Gujarati and two Punjabi thalis. “It’s almost a fixed routine for us. On days when we can’t get home in time for lunch, we meet here,” said one of four police officers from the city’s police commissioner’s office. from Ahmedabad.

For more than a decade, Hotel Toran served as a quick lunch stop for tourists, especially those visiting the Ashram.

The hotel, which began its innings as a guesthouse in 1971, will likely be the first “incongruous building” to be razed as part of the Gandhi Ashram and Precinct Development Project, ending its mutually beneficial association with the ‘Ashram.

“As it is government property, it will be the first to fall,” a senior official told the Indian Express.

According to the state government’s affidavit before the High Court of Gujarat, 48 buildings on the 55-acre area to be redeveloped will be preserved. Thus, nearly 129 of the approximately 177 buildings could be demolished.

The foundation stone of the old ‘Gandhi Ashram Guest House’ was laid in March 1969 by Ravishankar Vyas, one of the earliest and closest associates of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and who had also joined Gandhi for the Marche Dandi in 1930. The guesthouse was inaugurated by Sarojini Mahishi, then Union Minister of State for Tourism and Civil Aviation, in July 1971.

With a few accommodation rooms and rudimentary facilities, the guest house was renovated and transformed into a hotel comprising a ground floor and an upper floor in 2012. The renovated premises, named “Hotel Toran”, were inaugurated by the then Minister of State, Jaynarayan Vyas. .

The hotel is part of a chain of hotels and resorts managed by Gujarat Tourism through the Tourism Corporation of Gujarat Ltd (TCGL). There are six Toran hotels across the state including Saputara, Lakhpat and Dwarka.

Manager DP Sharma, who started as a cook on the premises, said there has been virtually no change, except in prices, in the decade since the hotel opened.

The food menu also remained unchanged with a full Gujarati thali lunch at less than Rs 140; ten years ago it cost between 70 and 80 rupees, Sharma said.

According to several state tourism department officials, the majority of stay bookings received by the hotel are from tourists from West Bengal and southern Indian states. Most of these tourists are usually elderly people.

“As the Ashram is a tourist hub, especially for those traveling from out of state, the location of the hotel is extremely convenient. Just cross the road to visit the Ashram. Secondly, we also noticed that since most of these tourists are seniors, security as well as affordability of rooms also remain unique selling points. While in terms of staycation bookings we typically see peak season between September and February, restaurant lunch dates do however see a steady stream of visitors,” one of the officials said.

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With 11 rooms, one suite and the other luxury rooms, a conference room, an executive room and the restaurant with kitchen, the hotel remains largely utilitarian but seems to remain oblivious to the potential for opulence and luxury that the hotel offers. prime location.

“The hotel is also a convenient strategic point for meetings of government officials. For any VIP guest visiting the Ashram, the hotel serves as a meeting point and in case of visits from the PM and other foreign dignitaries, police and security briefings are held here,” another official said. . Such was the case when then-US President Donald Trump visited with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in February 2020. For a week prior to the visit, the hotel had seen a steady influx of security reconnaissance, from police briefings, state and district officials visiting and holding meetings. coordinate and plan the visit. Notably, the Ahmedabad district collector’s office is only about 500 meters from the hotel.

Sharma said the hotel restaurant usually fills up on weekends when the ashram’s attendance also increases. “Most of the out-of-state tourists prefer the ‘a la carte’ menu as they don’t like the sweetness of Gujarati food. Locals, however, prefer Gujarati thali,” Sharma said.

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Revised plans for affordable housing in Oceanside Transit Center development https://jelato-donna.com/revised-plans-for-affordable-housing-in-oceanside-transit-center-development/ Sun, 11 Sep 2022 12:00:57 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/revised-plans-for-affordable-housing-in-oceanside-transit-center-development/ Preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the 10.2-acre Oceanside Transit Center with a large hotel, hundreds of apartments, retail stores and offices have been submitted to Oceanside’s planning department. Toll Brothers, Inc., filed its application with the city Aug. 30 for permits and other rights needed to build the mixed-use project on South Tremont Street […]]]>

Preliminary plans for the redevelopment of the 10.2-acre Oceanside Transit Center with a large hotel, hundreds of apartments, retail stores and offices have been submitted to Oceanside’s planning department.

Toll Brothers, Inc., filed its application with the city Aug. 30 for permits and other rights needed to build the mixed-use project on South Tremont Street property owned by the North County Transit District, Robert Dmohowski said. , city project manager. .

The NCTD Board of Directors voted unanimously in October 2020 to award an exclusive negotiation agreement to Toll Brothers, Inc., one of four companies that submitted proposals for the project. The other three were Holland Partner Group, National Community Renaissance (CORE) and Rhodes Moores, LLC.

The plan submitted to the city includes a parking structure with more than 1,798 spaces for residents and the various other uses on the property, Dmohowski said. The existing parking structure on the north side of the transit center would be retained.

“The mixed-use development could accommodate approximately 550 new market-priced homes and 80 affordable homes,” Tracey Foster, NCTD’s chief development manager, said in a recent email to the district board.

A 140-room boutique hotel would also be part of the project, Foster said.

“The proximity of these units to public transit, along with new retail and office space on site, will encourage transit use and increase ridership for NCTD and our partners operating in ( Oceanside Transit Center),” Foster said in her letter to the board.

“The reduced reliance on the automobile made possible by this transit-oriented development will in turn support economic growth, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce traffic congestion in the community,” said Foster.

Amtrak passenger trains, NCTD Coaster commuter trains and Sprinter light rail trains, and Orange County Metrolink trains stop at the Transit Center, as well as NCTD Breeze buses.

Along with the development of the Transit Center, Toll Brothers requested the construction of 200 market-priced apartments and 30 affordable units in a second location which is now the NCTD headquarters on Mission Avenue. NCTD plans to move its headquarters to the new Transit Center offices.

The long-term lease of the agency’s property to developers will also provide a stable income separate from grant money, tariff revenue and other sources on which it depends.

“Through these projects, NCTD will generate a steady stream of revenue over 99 years, which will reduce the potential impacts of fluctuating economic conditions on NCTD’s ability to maintain routine operations,” Foster said.

Details of the project will be presented at a community meeting Sept. 17 at the Civic Center Branch Library on North Coast Road.

Toll Brothers’ original proposal called for only market-priced apartments to be built in the transit center and only affordable housing in the Mission Avenue building.

The revised plan submitted in August calls for a combination of 550 market rate units and 80 affordable units at the Transit Center, and 200 market rate units and 30 affordable units in the Mission building.

“It seems like a better approach to mix it up a bit,” Foster said in a phone interview Thursday.

The Oceanside project is just one of many developments NCTD is pursuing on properties it owns in towns through which its rail lines pass.

Solana Beach has worked with the agency for decades to finalize plans for a mixed-use project at the Solana Beach Transit Center, known for its distinctive quonset-hut station. An Environmental Impact Report was completed in 2006 for a project that the Solana Beach City Council rejected in 2008. A new proposal was unveiled in 2015, but construction has yet to begin.

“We are still working with the City of Solana Beach, trying to broker a deal,” Foster said Thursday. “We are getting closer and hope to have something in the near future.”

A deal is also close to redevelop the Village and Poinsettia Coaster stations in Carlsbad, she said. The agency is evaluating mixed-use development proposals for the Carlsbad sites and will make a recommendation to the board of directors in the coming months.

NCTD is also preparing a request for proposals to develop the 12.8 acres the agency owns at the Escondido Transit Center, Foster said. This project could be the subject of a call for tenders in October.

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Jail officer who fled hitmen feels like a prisoner after living in hotel for eight months https://jelato-donna.com/jail-officer-who-fled-hitmen-feels-like-a-prisoner-after-living-in-hotel-for-eight-months/ Tue, 06 Sep 2022 05:26:15 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/jail-officer-who-fled-hitmen-feels-like-a-prisoner-after-living-in-hotel-for-eight-months/ A MAN who fled his Caribbean home after being blacklisted by criminals says he feels like a prisoner after living in a Gloucestershire hotel for the past eight months. David Smith, not his real name, flew to the UK on Christmas Day last year. The former prison officer had to flee his home country after […]]]>

A MAN who fled his Caribbean home after being blacklisted by criminals says he feels like a prisoner after living in a Gloucestershire hotel for the past eight months.

David Smith, not his real name, flew to the UK on Christmas Day last year. The former prison officer had to flee his home country after criminals revealed his name and address and he was blacklisted.

After two of his colleagues died, Mr Smith decided to leave and seek asylum in the UK. On arrival at Gatwick Airport, he introduced himself to immigration officials and applied for asylum.

“I was a prison guard and the crime rate where I come from is very high. My name and other officers’ names were blacklisted by prisoners. They have already killed two of my colleagues and they were shooting at our houses.

“Christmas was a very difficult time for us. When your full name and full address appear on a hit list, you have no choice but to leave.

“They can find you and kill you at any time. It was very dangerous for me and my family and I had to do the logical thing and leave.

However, since then, Mr Smith says he has been stuck in what he thought was short-term accommodation.

He lives in a hotel room in Gloucestershire, gets three meals a day and £8 a week and says his situation is really starting to affect his mental health.

“Nothing has changed since December. They put me in temporary accommodation which is supposed to last a few weeks to a month before being placed in longer term accommodation.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve only been in temporary accommodation which is supposed to be short term. While I’m here I can’t cook anything, I can’t do anything myself, it’s just three meals a day and the food sucks.

“The hotel staff treat you as they wish and you cannot leave the hotel for more than 24 hours. It is as if you were a prisoner but you are not a prisoner. You can go wherever you want, but the Ministry of Interior insists that you return within 24 hours.

“If my asylum process takes a year and a half or almost two years, do they really expect me to stay in this hotel for that long?

“It’s very frustrating to be in this room all day. Maybe you have friends who live in England and you would like to visit them for three or four days and come back.

“I was told that the hotel accommodation would only be a temporary installation. It’s not supposed to last that long. You earn £8 a week and you really can’t do anything with it.

“I wasn’t running away, I would give the address of where you are going. It’s just something to help your sanity. Being in this room all day really gets to you.

“I find the way they treat us extremely inhuman. I did not do anything wrong. I came to seek refuge because my life was in grave danger.

“I bought a plane ticket and came here legally, so why am I being treated like a prisoner. The Home Office has no idea what it’s like to sit in a hotel all the day of doing nothing, watching your life go to waste while waiting for a decision.

“I get extremely depressed. Sometimes I wonder if it would have been a better option if I had stayed in my country facing death because that’s not living, it’s just wasting away for a decision that doesn’t is not even guaranteed.

“I understand the backlog of asylum seekers to process and the waiting list is extremely long, I understand that everything is a process, but what I can’t understand is that I just want to rest the head for a few days without worrying about losing hotel accommodation or feeling threatened by not being able to leave the hotel for more than 24 hours.”

A Home Office spokesperson said asylum seekers are provided with safe and secure accommodation funded by the UK taxpayer.

And no one is being held in their accommodation and asylum seekers are free to come and go as they please, they said.

“Many factors can delay and contribute to the processing time of asylum claims. Some applications have complex needs, such as backup issues or when they had a modern slavery request attached to their application.

“We therefore take these facts fully into account when prioritizing and progressing pending asylum claims, which may result in longer wait times for some.”

The Home Office says requests from asylum seekers to spend the night elsewhere will still be considered, but anyone found to be absent from the initial accommodation will be considered as such.

The Home Office also says it is recruiting more decision-makers and improving their use of digital technology to simplify case processing and speed up processing times.

They say the new plan for immigration will fix the broken asylum system to make it fair but firm, allowing them to offer support to those who need it most while sending back those who don’t have a real right to stay in the UK.

Mr. Smith’s real name and country of origin have not been included in this article for his safety.

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Why I threw my stuff in a warehouse and became a digital nomad during a pandemic https://jelato-donna.com/why-i-threw-my-stuff-in-a-warehouse-and-became-a-digital-nomad-during-a-pandemic/ Tue, 30 Aug 2022 11:31:34 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/why-i-threw-my-stuff-in-a-warehouse-and-became-a-digital-nomad-during-a-pandemic/ Iit’s weird to hoard everything and go voluntarily homeless during a pandemic; going from paying a mortgage and having roots to being homeless. But, when the job I took on in early December 2021 dictated that I travel non-stop, often changing accommodations after just 24 hours, I decided to bite the bullet and embrace the […]]]>

Iit’s weird to hoard everything and go voluntarily homeless during a pandemic; going from paying a mortgage and having roots to being homeless. But, when the job I took on in early December 2021 dictated that I travel non-stop, often changing accommodations after just 24 hours, I decided to bite the bullet and embrace the digital nomad lifestyle. I have now spent almost six months on the road.

It’s an undeniably strange existence – opening up my laptop wherever I am in the world, be it an airport, coffee shop or hotel balcony, and settling in for my quirky new version of 9-5. You’d think taking endless trains, planes and automobiles and staying in a new hotel almost every night would make you exhausted and too distracted to work. Unexpectedly, I found the opposite to be true; the adrenaline rush of continually traveling, of embracing a new place with astounding frequency, has allowed me to work better than ever.

LA, New York, Dubai, Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Madrid, Tenerife, Marbella, Mallorca, Iceland, Lithuania, Santorini, Kos and Bodrum: 2022 has been quite a year. Yet one of the biggest surprises has been the price: in between hotel stays, I’ve booked apartments, bed and breakfasts, and vacation rentals on my travels, all costing a fraction of the everyday life (and rent) in the UK.

LA digs: Ben works from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

(Ben West)

How, you ask? Timing is everything. By staying out of peak season in each destination, I managed to get great prices. For example, in June I had a prime pick of lovely hotels on the Greek (and influencer favourite) island of Santorini for around £25 a night; in August the same places start at £100. And, not being during school holidays, it was pleasantly quiet.

Swapping out candle hotels for RVs and campsites can cut costs even further, and in recent years many hostels have upped their game, in terms of quality, while keeping room rates low.

I’m not the only one with itchy feet – there’s been a huge increase in continuous travel and digital nomadism in recent years. Figures released by US firms MBO Partners and Emergent Research suggest that the number of Americans describing themselves as digital nomads rose from 7.3 million to 10.9 million between 2019 and 2020, an increase of 49%.



The adrenaline rush of continually traveling, of embracing a new place with astounding frequency, has allowed me to work better than ever.

And the travel industry has taken note – many hotels have capitalized on the remote working trend, adding co-working spaces and packages to attract those who need their accommodation to double as an office for the day. . Anecdotally, I’ve gotten used to seeing a row of people buried in their laptops every time I check into new digs for the night.

If getting from hotel to hotel and destination to destination sounds exhausting, that’s because it is. But, for me, the feeling is more than offset by the exhilaration of being in a new city every few days.

If I could change anything, I could trade being constantly on the move to visit each place for a while, maybe one to three months at a time – especially with the huge climate concerns of traveling in this moment. But this line of work did not allow that. My passport stamps quickly piled up, to the point that more than one passport official raised an eyebrow as they flipped through pages and pages to find a space. (Did they suspect me of being a drug mule? Most likely.)

Grab a bargain in Santorini by staying there outside of high season

(Ben West)

The endless nomadism sometimes feels too much – culminating when I found myself in four countries in four days. A few times I would wake up, my hotel room was completely dark, and I momentarily had no idea what continent I was on, let alone what country.

Other disadvantages? People often assume I’ve been on vacation all the time for the past six months, especially when I’ve been near a gorgeous Spanish beach or a must-see town. But don’t let the sexy backdrop fool you – research shows that remote workers are likely to work harder than their counterparts in the office. A recent study from Stanford University found that digital nomads are 13% more productive than office workers and take fewer sick days.

The reality for me has been spending most of my time in my hotel room, working from my laptop. Yes, there may have been a wonderful spa or a lively bar on the premises, and an exciting neighborhood on the doorstep – but for this to work financially, these elements are usually experienced briefly, if at all.



Don’t let the sexy backdrop fool you – research shows remote workers are likely to work harder than their counterparts in the office

And anyway, the beach is a terrible place to work: sand getting into your computer? The scorching sun prevents you from seeing your laptop screen? The possibility of a child and/or a dog galloping out to sea and douse your precious electronics with water? No thanks.

Having only been in each destination for a week or two and regularly returning to the UK, I encountered no tax or visa issues that could lead to complications. There have been many cases of tax bureaucracy related to working abroad; however, the HRMC’s position is that if an individual remains a UK resident while living and working overseas, they will continue to tax any income they earn during the term. The rules are complex, but you will generally only be considered a non-resident if you spend less than 16 days in the UK in a tax year or if you work full-time overseas.

At first I was afraid that I would miss my belongings, but this part of nomadic life was surprisingly simple. Even though I’m a little tired of wearing the same clothes day after day, it’s a very small price to pay to have the opportunity to discover more of the world. I also learned to travel lighter and lighter. When I started, starting with two weeks in Amsterdam, I took a big deal, feeling that I deserved a good choice of clothes and some luxuries to make up for not having a home. But after a few days of dragging it along the cobblestone streets by the canal, I swore to myself that I would never do it again. Now my luggage is just a small backpack under the seat; I don’t miss the extra stuff at all.

Don’t work on Barcelona beach unless you want a sandy laptop

(Ben West)

In fact, what I’ve missed the most are things like cooking and seeing family or friends – but since this is a temporary chapter, rather than a permanent feature, in my life , I think I can always make up for lost time later.

I think if this lifestyle was a long-term thing, the loneliness and lack of real community or grounding would start to creep in. Sure, if you stay in a destination for a while, you might make acquaintances and even friends, but there’s no substitute for being around people who have known you forever. Occasionally I’ve run into people I know on my travels, but most of the time my only interaction has been with the front desk guy, the breakfast waitress, the cashier at the supermarket.

Icelandic landscapes provide a calming backdrop to the 9-5

(Ben West)

There may be ups, there may be downs, but one thing is certain: this lifestyle can only grow and grow. The pandemic provided the perfect catalyst, driving a reinvention of office life and the introduction of compelling tax incentives and extended visas by many governments around the world. There are currently believed to be around 35 million digital nomads worldwide, and it is believed that by 2035 around one billion – or a third of the global workforce – will live and work this way.

As for me, I intend to continue this way of life for the foreseeable future, despite its challenges. With soaring UK rents and mortgages, a looming cost of living crisis looming and the country’s public services on their knees, I’m in no rush to relocate to Blighty anytime soon. …

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The World’s Most Famous Architect Designed LA’s Newest Hotel https://jelato-donna.com/the-worlds-most-famous-architect-designed-las-newest-hotel/ Sun, 28 Aug 2022 12:35:30 +0000 https://jelato-donna.com/the-worlds-most-famous-architect-designed-las-newest-hotel/ The world is full of star architects like Tadao Ando, ​​Renzo Piano, Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye – even the ghost of Zaha Hadid is still going strong. But the most famous, the one who most often sits in the upper reaches of lists of the greatest of all time, is 93-year-old Frank Gehry. While his […]]]>

The world is full of star architects like Tadao Ando, ​​Renzo Piano, Jeanne Gang, David Adjaye – even the ghost of Zaha Hadid is still going strong. But the most famous, the one who most often sits in the upper reaches of lists of the greatest of all time, is 93-year-old Frank Gehry.

While his buildings are renowned the world over, the Canadian-born architect first made his mark in his adopted hometown of California. Our latest selection for Room Key takes us to his latest work in his hometown, the new Conrad Los Angeles.

The hotel is on the outskirts of the city center and is part of a two-tower complex designed by Gehry called The Grand. It sits across from its famous Disney Concert Hall and diagonally across from The Broad art museum. The hotel building isn’t a frenzied deconstructivist work like the Concert Hall or his recent metallic Weasley-house-like LUMA Arles, but it’s still a sculptural tower of stacked rectangular boxes.

The hotel is the first on the west coast for the brand. For those unfamiliar, Conrads (along with the Waldorf-Astoria Collection) is the luxury group of Hilton hotels. So, rooms here start in the low $600s and an extensive spa, pool, and gym are available. But what sets this hotel apart (and the price) and why there was so much anticipation for its opening is that Gehry isn’t the only megawatt star involved.

The hotel’s interior was overseen by Tara Bernerd, whose designs fill hotel brands like Four Seasons, Belmond and Rosewood. Here she managed to soften what could have been a cold tower. In the hall and in the bedrooms, the floors are covered with wide planks of white oak. In the lobby (which is on the 10th floor of the tower), textured Ceppo di Gre stone accents an array of wooden furniture and wall coverings. Don’t miss the polished lava rock bar top or the curved ceilings mirroring the lobby across the street. The bedrooms are understated, with linen walls and not just an open wardrobe but open bathrooms which thankfully close with rolling doors. For those who pay close attention to the selection of health and beauty products, the hotel rooms are filled with products from the always chic Byredo.

Courtesy of Conrad Los Angeles

The other megawatt star involved in the project is restaurateur José Andrés, who has four places in this hotel. One is the bar called Beaudry Room with the aforementioned lava bar top and the second is the poolside Airlight, which serves hand bites. Agua Viva is a rooftop poolside restaurant that feels like you’ve been transported to Miami, and that includes the music. For those looking for something light (it’s LA after all), you can’t go wrong with the beefsteak burger which is made with tomato instead of meat.

Courtesy of Conrad Los Angeles

The signature restaurant is called San Laurel and it opens onto a terrace overlooking the Disney Concert Hall on one side and Dodger Stadium to the mountains beyond on the other. It’s one of those classic spaces here that Los Angeles does very well, creating sleek green space in urban environments like office towers, busy roads, and parking lots. The food here is Spain meets California, and if almond crab soup is still on the menu when you go, order it. It’s nutty and sweet and sour at the same time. But no matter what you eat, it’s hard to beat sitting on a terrace of this restaurant at sunset, while the metal of the concert hall glistens and the endless sprawl is bathed in this misty light of Los Angeles.

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