Big UCLA Hotel Proposed

by George Leef

Velma Montoya, a former member of the UC Board of Regents, sent me the following e-mail:

The UCLA Chancellor has decided the campus needs a worldclass conference center. So he has decided to build a 9-story hotel with a conference center and two garage levels underground where the current UCLA Faculty Center is located. The Faculty Center would somehow be part of it all — after three years of construction. UCLA cannot even run its boutique, two-story hotel for visiting guests at a profit. So now this. Anyway, does anyone have information about other universities that have tried this approach and the pitfalls they have run into? Any examples you cite will be most appreciated.

Please let me know if you have any pertinent information!