Geothermal-heated hotel planned for Mammoth Lakes
An eco-friendly hotel and housing complex heated by geothermal water will be built in Mammoth Lakes, a London-based developer said.
Public officials have approved construction of the 5.5-acre Handmade Hotel Mammoth View, developer Britannia Pacific Properties said. Britannia will now put together architectural plans with the intention of breaking ground by 2013.
The boutique hotel would have 54 rooms. The project would also have 28 cabins and 24 lofts, all for sale at prices ranging from $500,000 to $1 million. Radiant heating for the buildings and some surface areas of the complex would come from a well 1,500 feet deep that would pump and circulate hot water. After circulating, the water would be pumped back into the ground through a second well.
Other planned green features include capturing rain and snowmelt for irrigation and using timber cut at the site.
“Mammoth’s amazing natural resources, particularly the hot springs, inspired us to research ways to utilize them for the good of the environment.” said Britannia Pacific President Eva Hill.
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Photo: Hot springs near Mammoth Lakes. Credit: Los Angeles Times