LANCASTER – Developers will pay $8.6 million for 41.6 acres of city-owned land to build a hotel and retail complex near the city’s baseball stadium. Lancaster’s redevelopment agency will sell the site to SC Premier Properties, which is working with the Hilton Family and K-Partners Hospitality Group LP to build at least two hotels. On five of the acres, a three-story, 85-room Hampton Inn and a three-story, 92-room Homewood Suites will be built. The hotels are anticipated to be open in 2007. If market demand is sufficient, the Hilton chain will consider building a third hotel. The third hotel would be one of the top brands, such as Hilton, Doubletree or Embassy Suites. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“This multihotel complex will be a catalyst to encourage more retail and restaurants in Lancaster,” said Vern Lawson Jr., the city’s economic development/redevelopment director. Homewood Suites is geared toward upscale, extended-stay travelers. Hamptons are geared toward business and leisure travelers. Both hotel chains are owned by Hilton. The combined development is expected to cost roughly $18.7 million. City officials estimate the two hotels will generate $500,000 in revenue from the occupancy tax charged on rooms. The city will make improvements to the site up to an amount equal to the $8.6 million sale price. SC Premier Properties will develop a master plan for the entire 41.6 acres that will include a Tuscan village-themed shopping and entertainment area. The project is expected to include an office building, retail shops and restaurants. City officials said the shopping area will be pedestrian friendly and will have a “village ambiance.” “Lancaster currently lacks sufficient space for retail expansion,” Lawson wrote in a report to the City Council. “The shopping complex contemplated for this site will help fill this gap. The new retail, hotels and office building will combine synergistically to develop a sense of place, which will allow our residents to experience shopping opportunities they crave.” The development is also expected to bolster the city’s efforts in attracting national tournaments to the city’s Big 8 softball complex and the soccer center. The development should also help bolster attendance for the minor league baseball team, the JetHawks. [email protected] (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!