Dornin said he and Noppenberger parted ways six weeks ago.
"We came to the conclusion we can't work together," Dornin said. "There's no bad blood. We decided to go in a different direction."
In an email, Noppenberger said the decision to split up was mutual and based on "an incompatible working relationship."
Noppenberger and Dornin had teamed with sculptor
"In retrospect, I understand that this unfortunate situation [parting ways on the
"The intent is to maintain the existing mass and scale of the
The total bar and restaurant area will increase to 7,095 square feet and be spread among multiple levels.
Three lower-level rooms will be relocated to the fourth floor to make way for a bar with ocean views, and a 2,259-square-foot rooftop deck and bar will be created, Dornin said. The rooftop deck's square footage is included in the hotel's total bar and restaurant area.
Coast Liquor, a convenience store adjacent to the property, will also be upgraded to include pre-packaged takeout sandwiches and sidewalk seating, Dornin said.
The goal is to make the hotel "more functional" while maintaining its historic character, Dornin said.
Design plans are being finalized to comply with city code, and Dornin is working with a historical consultant. The project is expected to cost
Room rates have not been determined, but Dornin said they are likely to be comparable to other small boutique hotels with limited amenities. Visitors currently rent rooms by the month, Dornin said.
Dornin hopes the city will schedule a
(c)2014 the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot (Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Visit the Laguna Beach Coastline Pilot (Costa Mesa, Calif.) at www.coastlinepilot.com
Distributed by MCT Information Services