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Will the historic Coca-Cola building on Stockton Boulevard become a hotel?

Plans were submitted to the city of Sacramento to construct a five-story, 120-room hotel on the site of the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on Stockton Boulevard near the UC Davis Medical Center.
Plans were submitted to the city of Sacramento to construct a five-story, 120-room hotel on the site of the old Coca-Cola bottling plant on Stockton Boulevard near the UC Davis Medical Center. Stanton Architecture

The owner of the 85-year-old Coca-Cola bottling plant on Stockton Boulevard has requested city approval to transform the site into a five-story hotel that would serve users of the UC Davis Medical Center across the street.

The plans call for a 120-room extended-stay hotel that would keep the building’s historic mission-style facade on Stockton Boulevard at Miller Way in place.

The project would involve demolishing significant portions of the vintage 1936 structure. But the owner’s architect said in a letter to the city that the “overarching goal of the project (is) to limit the disruption of the historical structure and keep the exterior brick walls intact.”

The hotel would be stepped back from the building’s existing front, and would be four stories tall along Miller Way.

The building served as a Coke bottling plant from 1936 to 2013. It currently is not in use, and is owned by Leeland Coke Bldg. LLC of Granite Bay.

Architect Michael Stanton said the building would include a neighborhood-focused bar at a corner of the building. “We think it will be somewhat of a neighborhood amenity,” Stanton said.

He said the ownership group plans to hold a community meeting to discuss the plans with adjacent residents.

The ownership group previously won city OK to turn the site into an office and retail center, but switched to a hotel, Stanton said, because of demand for one among people who do business at the medical center and who are families of patients.

UC Davis and the city of Sacramento are also partnering on the development of Aggie Square, a 25-acre project on the hospital campus. Early designs released this week show the first phase of the development will include educational buildings, student and affiliate housing, a market plaza and a hub for transportation, according to a news release issued by the university.

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