.Santa Cruz in Photos: La Bahia Demolition Put on Hold

Demolition has been put on hold at the historic La Bahia Hotel on Beach Street near the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

The teardown got under way weeks before the Covid-19 breakout, which has iced the massive project. Plans call for a new 165-room, four-star hotel, based on an application submitted by SC Hotel Partners LLC.

The Spanish Colonial La Bahia Apartments, with 44 units, were built in 1926. Restaurants, a pool, spa and meeting space and more are also in the works. The tile-covered bell tower will be restored.

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Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.
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