San José Mayor Johnny Araya helped place the cornerstone of a new $20 million hotel this week. He lauded the project as an advance in his plan to repopulate the center city.
The hotel is Hotel San José Express, a project of Hogares de Costa Rica S.A.. Planned are 12 stories with 130 rooms. The site is at Avenida 10 at Calle 28 not far from the municipal building. The location is in Barrio Don Bosco.
Araya also said he had hopes that some 230 condos will be developed to accommodate athletes who attend the Juegos Deportivos Centroamericanos in 2013. Expected are some 3,000 participants. Meanwhile, construction continues at projects on Paseo Colón and in La Sabana. Other firms are advertising for land.
Araya is critical of the development of North American cities that resulted in freeways and shopping malls on the outskirts of the towns.