Montana Wins Over Santa Clara

Lots of details still be to worked out before hotel opens to the public.

Joe Montana came off the injured list for a prime time performance in Santa Clara Tuesday. And he walked away with a win.

The former 49ers' great presented a proposal to lease two plots of city-owned land to build a luxury hotel near the site of a proposed stadium for his former football team.

The proposal calls for a luxury hotel to be built along side a sports bar and an upscale restaurant spread across seven acres of land.

The City Council voted 5-1 in favor of Montana's plan to enter into exclusive negotiations  with Montana's group. That was despite City Manager Jennifer Sparacino's recommendation  that the city instead opt for a competitive bidding process to also give  other developers a chance.

Councilman Kevin Moore defended the vote by saying the land has been vacant for far  too long.

"The property has been on the market for over a decade," he said.  "Nothing was happening. This is an attraction that fits in what we're going  to do here."

Montana was suppose to pitch the project last month but a minor accident forced him to cancel the appearance.

Last week, the team celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new parking structure in Santa Clara expected to house cars during games.

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