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File #: 24-0602   
Type: Report to Board/Commission Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: Zoning Administrator Hearing
On agenda: 5/15/2024
Title: Proposed Project: USE PERMIT: to allow general alcohol sales at the hotel lounge and bar related to the VOCO hotel. Location: 1101 Elko Drive (APN: 104-33-010) File #: PLNG-2024-0224 Zoning: M-S - Industrial and Service Applicant / Owner: Hiten Suraj (applicant) / Stay Cal Sunnyvale LLC (owner) Environmental Review: Class 1 Categorical Exemption relieves this project from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) provisions. Project Planner: Momoko Ishijima, 408-730-7532, mishijima@sunnyvale.ca.gov
Attachments: 1. Vicinity and Noticing Map, 2. Recommended Findings, 3. Recommended Conditions of Approval PLNG-2024-0224, 4. Site and Architectural Plans, 5. Project Description Letter, 6. Use Permit Justification Form, 7. FINAL Conditions of Approval
REPORT TO THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR

SUBJECT
Title
Proposed Project:
USE PERMIT: to allow general alcohol sales at the hotel lounge and bar related to the VOCO hotel.
Location: 1101 Elko Drive (APN: 104-33-010)
File #: PLNG-2024-0224
Zoning: M-S - Industrial and Service
Applicant / Owner: Hiten Suraj (applicant) / Stay Cal Sunnyvale LLC (owner)
Environmental Review: Class 1 Categorical Exemption relieves this project from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) provisions.
Project Planner: Momoko Ishijima, 408-730-7532, mishijima@sunnyvale.ca.gov

Report
BACKGROUND
The project site is located on the northeast corner of Elko Drive and Lawrence Station Road. Lawrence Expressway is located approximately 200 feet to the west. The 0.51-acre site has two frontages and is encumbered with a 27-foot wide public utility easement on the Lawrence Station Road side of the property. There are light industrial uses adjacent to the north, south and east. There is a mixed-use residential development across Lawrence Station Road to the west. The hotel is currently under construction.

Description of Proposed Project
The proposed project includes a request to allow general alcohol sales [Type 47 California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) License] in the hotel lounge and bar area from 5 P.M. to 10 P.M. daily. As described in the Project Description Letter from the applicant (Attachment 5), the hotel is rebranding to Voco IHG brand which offers a boutique hotel experience, and offers beer, wine, and specialty cocktails for guests in the evenings at the lounge and bar area. No exterior changes to the existing building or the site are proposed as part of this request.

Per Sunnyvale Municipal Code (SMC) Table 19.22.030, a Use Permit is required for restaurants and fast food restaurants that have on sale general alcohol beverage service in the M-S zoning district.

See Attachment 1 for a map of the vicinity and mailing area for notices.

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