After an arduous ten-year approval process, demolition of the Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina del Rey began July 6th to make way for the new resort expected to open in September 2010.

Pacifica Hotel Company, a family-owned real estate investment firm in Santa Barbara, owns Jamaica Bay Inn, and is beginning a $22-million renovation and expansion that will transform the property into a “lush Caribbean-themed resort befitting its name,” said Lori Keller, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Pacifica Hotel Company.

Pacifica also owns the Marina International Hotel, the Marina del Rey Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express, as well as the nearby Inn at Venice Beach, and owns and manages premier coastal properties in California, Florida and Hawaii.

“After literally ten years of work, we are excited to be finally renovating and expanding what has been a landmark in the Marina since 1962. We think everyone will be pleased with the outcome,” said Mike Barnard, president and chief operating officer of Pacifica Hotel Company.

Keller added that “the new Jamaica Bay Inn will take advantage of the hotel’s unique location on the only beach inside the Marina, an inviting arc of sand and calm water appropriately known as Mothers Beach.”

The new hotel will have a colorful porte-cochere that will be a street-side landmark for the property and a warm and elegant lobby with a sophisticated West Indies décor, rattan/wood/leather furniture and a large stone fireplace and chimney as a focal point, according to Keller.

The architecture of the renovation will showcase Caribbean features such as the Dickey-style (Hawaiian-style) roofs with standing seam galvanized metal roofs, plentiful balconies with white painted woodwork and window trim, pale yellow plaster walls and green shutters, Keller said.

The property’s 42 current

guestrooms will be completely renovated, and a new four-story building will increase total accommodations to 111 rooms by adding 69 rooms with stunning views of the water and nearby yachts, she noted.

The Mothers Beach side of the renovated property will feature a new swimming pool and deck, as well as a shaded, lushly landscaped patio connected by a garden walk through a large lawn to the pedestrian promenade and beach, said Keller.

A decorative metal fence and colorful landscaped border will separate the pool deck from the promenade. The new hotel will have modern dining and meeting room facilities, as well as state-of-the-art exercise facilities, she said.

Keller said the lobby entrance will be relocated to the intersection of Admiralty Way and Palawan Way and additional parking for 164 vehicles will be created by removing a building that currently blocks the view of Mothers Beach from Admiralty Way. Existing access to the site will not be changed.

“Pacifica Hotel Company has always pursued a long-term strategy of investing in our premier coastal properties during economic downturns and thereby positioning them for increased success in the upturns that follow,” said Barnard.

“The Jamaica Bay Inn has an incomparable location and long history in the Marina that reflects our optimism about the future of Marina del Rey.”