8-story hotel in downtown Riverside halted by lawsuits – Press Enterprise

The future of a planned 8-story, 226-room Riverside hotel with a rooftop deck is up in the air because of two lawsuits challenging the city’s late 2021 approval of the project.

However, developer Atman Kadakia said he isn’t giving up on the ambitious project planned for the heart of Riverside’s downtown historic district.

“Candidly, even if it costs us $5 million over five years, we want to see this through,” Kadakia, managing principal at Irvine-based Greens Group, said.

Several groups sued in December to set aside the approval, about one month after the Riverside City Council voted 5-2 to give the firm the green light to build the hotel and convert the next-door former downtown fire station into offices. The project spans nearly one acre along the south side of Mission Inn Avenue between Lemon and Lime streets.

In one lawsuit, the Historic Mission Inn Corp., which operates the landmark Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, joined First Congregational Church of Riverside, Old Riverside Foundation and downtown business owner Gabriel Roth in asserting the city wrongly concluded an extensive environmental analysis wasn’t required. A similar suit was filed by the group Supporters Alliance for Environmental Responsibility.

The suits, filed in Riverside County Superior Court, are asking a judge to deny the approval and order an environmental study to be undertaken before any additional action is taken.

Greens Group attorney Charity Schiller of Best Best & Krieger wrote in an email Monday, July 25, that her client has not yet filed formal responses. Schiller said those will be due 30 days after the plaintiffs finish providing evidence for the case. “So it is likely to be a few weeks before responses are filed,” she wrote.

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