SANTA CRUZ -- After seeing construction projects go into hibernation because of the recession, Barry Swenson Builder of San Jose is forecasting 2013 to be a busier on this side of the hill.
Jesse Nickell, senior vice president of construction and development, expects these projects to break ground:
Mary Gourlay, a designer and landscape architect who worked on the Aptos Village project and an infill development of 22 condos for 706-708 Frederick St., has been working on a proposal for a hotel at 120 Monterey Ave. in Capitola Village.
She said discussions are planned this month with the California Coastal Commission, which has final say on development in the village.
Gourlay said she was impressed with the design created by HKS Hill Glazier, the architectural firm that participated in a workshop sponsored by the city of Capitola last year. The firm designed the award-winning Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay,
The development company is also working on a proposal for 100 studio units at 555 Pacific Ave., Nickell said.
That location was approved for an 82-room hotel before the recession hit and financing dried up.
About half of the 52 storage units at Garage Unlimited, a $4 million Swenson project at 1225 Delaware Ave., have been sold.
Some owners are using them to store boats, RVs or custom vehicles.
"I bought four of them," said Nickell, describing the concept as "a man cave" to protect "high-end toys."
Swenson is putting up a new building on San Jose Avenue and Capitola Road for the Bay School, which is being displaced by the sheriff's office. The Bay School, which specializes in teaching children with autism and is part of the nonprofit May Institute, is expected to move into the new location in July.
Swenson also is the contractor for a $2.5 million project to install canopies with solar panels at city-owned parking lots that are designed to reduce energy costs.
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