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O City Beat…the Vision n June 30, 2016, the City of Morgan Hill hosted a Downtown Visioning Summit to celebrate and highlight 50 million dollars of new private investment coming into downtown and to seek feedback from the community on the future walkability, bikeability and livability of Downtown Morgan Hill. The all-day event included two spec- tacular panels of guest speakers discussing Downtown projects and placemaking in the public realm, a tour of development sites, the new Granada Theater, under construction and a reception at the Pop-Up-Park. NEW PROJECTS The first panel of the day included local developers, who highlighted their new projects. Dan McCrainie, a Gilroy resident and owner of Ladera Grill , unveiled, for the first time, his vision for the former South Valley Bikes site. The 4-story 10,000 square foot mixed-use project on the corner of 2nd and Monterey Road will include a fine art gallery and a wine bar on the ground floor, office and gallery space on the second and a rooftop restaurant and lounge on the third and fourth floors. The design is modern, timeless and sophisticated with a strong nod to Morgan Hill’s rich business history. McCranie said the project is targeted for completion in late 2017. Restaurant and Willow Heights Mansion among other hospitality venues) highlighted his two projects along Monterey Road and 1st Street. Lèal shared his insight on the remodeling of the Granada Theatre into a 50’s style lounge venue that will offer a range of live entertainment. Immediately adjacent to the Granada Theatre will be the 60-room boutique hotel. This iconic hotel will offer hotel guests a spa, a pool and meeting facilities. The ground floor will include a market hall, a steakhouse and a flower shop. Lèal plans to offer three separate valet parking services for his hotel and theatre guests. The Granada Theatre is expected to open in late 2016 with the Granada Hotel opening in Fall 2017. Lesley Miles, of Weston Miles Architects , show- cased Barley Place, her firm’s mixed-use project along Depot Street. This project will draw upon Weston Miles’ long history in Morgan Hill and similiar design aesthetics and standards showcased in the transformation of the old Granary building. Barley Place will include 16 new condominium units, offering a first of its kind residential experience in Morgan Hill. The project has a strong retail component and work is underway for the Running Shop and Hops, the first of several retail businesses in the development. Weston Miles is expected to break ground at the end of 2016. 18 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2016 THE CITY Frank Lèal of Lèal Vineyards (also owner oF The Grove