Sacramento International Airport officials announced this week they are looking for a private partner to build a 100-plus acre business and retail center at the front entrance to the airport on both sides of Interstate 5.
The project could include a hotel, an airport spokeswoman said Friday, but officials hope the project would be far more expansive than that, offering amenities for travelers such as another gas station, restaurants - even a “pet hotel,” where fliers can leave their dogs while they travel.
Spokeswoman Laurie Slothower said officials would consider proposals that include offices and industrial uses as well for what they are calling an "amenity district" at the airport's front door.
"(A) hotel is one of many uses that would work on the land available, but it’s really not the focus," Slothower said. "We’re open to other business developments as long as they are consistent with the airport’s master plan."
She said the airport would like the developer to include a cellphone lot in the amenity district, so people "can grab a bite to eat or get a soda while waiting to pick up their friends and family members from the airport."
This is the third time the airport has sought to finance and build a hotel since the site’s original hotel was torn down in 2008 to make room for construction of the new Terminal B.
Airport officials initially planned to construct a hotel on top of the new terminal building. That plan was scrapped during terminal construction because of lack of funds.
Airport officials announced a second deal in early 2015 with a Southern California builder for a privately built 135-room Hyatt Place Hotel next to the parking garage. That deal fell apart a year ago.
Now, with the Sacramento economy rebounding, and passenger levels rising, airport officials hope this time they and a private builder can put together financing for a project.
The private developer would build and operate the site, and pay the county airport division rent.