The City Council will review a proposal to build a boutique hotel in downtown Longmont during its regular meeting Tuesday.

Carlos Chalico, who serves as fire chief for Ciudad Guzman in the Mexican state of Jalisco, will be in attendance for the Longmont City Council meeting Tuesday night to accept a gift for his hometown.

In October, the City Council unanimously approved donating one of Longmont’s fire trucks that had reached the end of its official lifespan to Ciudad Guzman — Longmont’s sister city since 1997.

The fire truck is estimated to have an auction value of $50,000 and can hold approximately 1,000 gallons of water.

This will be the third fire truck Longmont has donated toCiudad Guzman in the last 25 years.

Clarity on cannabis laws

City Council will also consider updating the Longmont Municipal Code regarding offenses related to marijuana during Tuesday’s meeting.

“After stings conducted in collaboration with the Marijuana Enforcement Division in 2021, staff found that the local code did not explicitly prohibit the sale of marijuana to minors,” a Council memo stated. “This amendment would correct that and allow for sale to minor cases to be prosecuted.”

While the Longmont Municipal Code prohibits people under the age of 21 from possessing or consuming marijuana, local law does not specifically prohibit the sale of cannabis to underage users.

“It is already illegal to sell marijuana to people under the age of 21 under state law,” Dawn Quintana, Longmont City Clerk, said in an email Monday. “This proposed amendment to the code would clarify that law enforcement officers may issue tickets under either the state or local law.”

The ordinance going before Council on Tuesday would make it illegal to “sell, give, dispense or otherwise distribute retail marijuana or retail marijuana products” to anyone under 21 years of age.

Boutique hotel downtown

In 2024, Longmont may have a new boutique hotel open for business downtown.

The Thrash Group, a Mississippi-based hospitality company, wants to develop an 84-room boutique hotel at the northwest corner of Third Avenue and Kimbark Street.

The property is currently used for public parking.

The five-story hotel would also include meeting space, a rooftop restaurant, 65 hotel-designated parking spots as well as 75 spaces for the general public.

The project is estimated to cost $24.5 million.

A rendering of the planned boutique hotel in downtown Longmont. (Screenshot from Longmont City Council)

During the course of 10 years, the economic benefit from the hotel is estimated to exceed $108 million, according to a city news release.

The Longmont Downtown Development Authority approved the hotel plan during last Wednesday’s meeting, and the City Council will review it at Tuesday night’s meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 350 Kimbark St.