“Not all of their properties have suites in them. It’s an added amenity for the new state-of-the-art buildings,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: 02/12: New Howard Johnson PICO RIVERA – Joined by the developer, city officials Monday toured the construction site of a $3.5 million, 50-room hotel that officials consider a key part of redevelopment plans for Whittier Boulevard. Opening day for the new Howard Johnson Inn and Suites is about three months away. It will offer rooms with high-speed Internet access, a community meeting room, a swimming pool and spa, and other amenities, officials said. The project at 9515 Whittier Blvd. also will create local jobs and funnel an extra $25,000 a year in bed taxes into Pico Rivera’s coffers, city Finance Director Bob Ridley said. The hotel replaced a dilapidated mobile home park that had been an eyesore for years. Three years ago, state housing inspectors visited the former Walnut Lodge Mobile Home Park and found numerous code violations, including illegal additions to units and plumbing and electrical violations. Acting City Manager Debbie Lopez said the hotel is among the first of a series of revitalization efforts planned for north Pico Rivera, including beautification projects, street improvements and new landscaping along Whittier Boulevard. She said the bulk of the city’s redevelopment has thus far focused on Washington Boulevard and the south side of Whittier Boulevard. “This is a significant step forward in our vision of the redevelopment of Whittier Boulevard,” Mayor Pete Ramirez said. “This is a rebirth of the Whittier Boulevard corridor as the city’s downtown.” Developer Sharad Patel said the project will include a dozen executive suites that are unique to Howard Johnson hotels.