An installation with poles and balloons ascending more than 70 feet will rise in downtown Pacific Grove on Saturday.
It's not the work of some avant-garde artist.
But it's supposed to be a three-dimensional representation to demonstrate the scale of a hotel on the Holman Block proposed by property owner Nader Agha and hotel developer Drake Leddy.
The story-pole-and-balloon assemblage was required by the City Council as part of a Sept. 5 vote to approve an agreement with Leddy and the environmental review of a Nov. 6 ballot measure with zoning changes that would allow the proposed hotel.
If approved by a majority vote, Measure F would allow buildings up to 75 feet high and covering 100 percent of the site behind the existing Holman Building, provided the upper stories step up in height from Central Avenue.
The City Council received the plan for the installation at its Wednesday meeting, where some in the audience said the poles-and-balloons should reflect the maximum allowable structure under Measure F rather than the current, smaller hotel design.
The current design shows the hotel rising — in a series of steps — from 31 feet high along Central Avenue to 51, 61 and 71 feet in height.
That is in keeping with the development agreement and environmental review, though not strictly the maximum size allowable by Measure F language, City Manager Thomas Frutchey said Friday.
He said the council discussed both ways to do the story-pole installation, but agreed to the proposed plan.
"There is no right answer," Councilman Bill Kampe said.
"People will have to draw their own conclusions," he said.
The council report says the story poles are to reflect "latest hotel renderings for the hotel."
Frutchey said the building limits set by the development agreement came after the deadline for ballot language, and Measure F couldn't precisely reflect what Leddy intends to build.
The 10 story poles and four sets of balloons are supposed to be in place from Saturday until Thursday. On Saturday and Sunday, they will be up from 9 a.m. to noon.