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Joe Montana's Hotel Project May Be Blocked By 49ers

May 13 2014, 4:10am CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

Joe Montana's Hotel Project May Be Blocked By 49ers
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Joe Montana's hotel project situated right next to Levi's Stadium -- the San Francisco 49ers new home -- is in danger of being blocked by the team as it needs more parking space.

The San Francisco 49ers are threatening to block Joe Montana's hotel project right next to Levi's Stadium. 

This is because the 49ers need more ample parking space for their new stadium which is set to open this summer, per Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross of SFGate.com: 

"The 49ers need more parking for their new stadium -- and are threatening to block Niners great Joe Montana's plans to build a hotel and entertainment center next door unless they get it. 

"When Levi's Stadium is set to open in August, the team is in a sprint to try to figure out where people will park not just on game days, but when non-football events are held during the week. 

"Under terms of the 2012 stadium deal, the 49ers are entitled to 789 parking spots on land where Montana's company intends to build a hotel, stores and office space. The site is just across the street from the stadium. 

"'Their position has been that unless we find other parking acceptable to them, they may not allow the project to go forward,' said City Manager Julio Fuentes. 

"Just sharing parking spaces with the development won't do, the team says. Niners president Larry MacNeil told city officials in a letter Feb. 10 that if Montana's $400 million project goes ahead, Santa Clara needs to come up with 8.5 acres of replacement parking free of charge.

"So far, the team has rejected most of 4,000 spaces that the city has proposed as too distant, too waterlogged or beset by other problems. 

"One suggestion the team has informally floated is to use nearby youth soccer fields as a parking lot on game and event days -- something the City Council says is out of the question." 

According to an Aug. 2013 report from Mike Rosenberg of The San Jose Mercury News, Montana's hotel is slated to open for business in time for Super Boxl L in 2016: 

"The Hall of Famer originally wanted his four-star hotel, upscale restaurant and sports bar to open with the stadium in August 2014. But the new goal is to have the project open in time for the 50th Super Bowl, to be held in Levi's Stadium in February 2016."

Two weeks ago, the 49ers announced that Montana and his Super Bowl XIX counterpart Dan Marino will participate in a flag football game on July 12 at Candlestick Park. Montana was unable to attend the team's home finale in Candlestick last season, per 49ers.com's Andrew Pentis.   

"Joe Montana will say goodbye to Candlestick Park in his own way. 

"The San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback is headlining a flag football game scheduled at the 'Stick for July 12. Tickets go on sale May 10. 

"Montana will be joined by fellow former 49ers Jerry Rice, Roger Craig and Dwight Clark, among others. 

"Miami Dolphins Hall of Famer Dan Marino, whom Montana bested in Super Bowl XIX at Stanford Stadium, will lead the opposing team of former NFLers. 

"No. 16 started his 49ers career in 1979, eight years after the organization moved from Kezar Stadium to Candlestick. He played his home games there in 13 of his 15 pro seasons. 

"Montana was unable to attend Candlestick's finale when, in Week 16 last season, alumni were treated to linebacker NaVorro Bowman's history-sealing touchdown return." 

Montana, acknowledged by many as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, amassed 40,551 passing yards, 273 touchdowns and 139 interceptions on a 92.3 passer rating in his 15 NFL seasons with the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, per ESPN stats. 

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