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Getting to know G8 Development, tasked with building hotel in downtown Mason City


This news story was published on December 14, 2015.
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7626 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, California, home of G8 Development and Deluxe Trailer Park (Click graphic to view larger)

7626 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, California, home of G8 Development and Deluxe Trailer Park
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Opinion by Matt Marquardt –

So this hotel development in downtown Mason City has always kind of irked me.

Ever since Eric the Mayor and his sleazy media (Globe, KIMT, radio) lied two years ago and said a (Hilton) hotel was set to break ground in April of 2014 in a parking lot next to city hall, I’ve always thought “something’s wrong here”.

We all know why these characters desperately lied to us, smeared people’s names, cut their own pay, intimidated folks, and hid like rats in a sewer. That’s their documented history now, and will follow them henceforth.  Enjoy the fallout, idiots.

But, the past is the past, and the present is the present. And right now, we are still being told a hotel will be built downtown, as part of a $36 million plan along with four other projects, including an ice arena, parking ramp, music pavilion and a mixed-use building.  The great news is that we are told the taxpayers won’t pay for this… but as I said earlier, we’ve been dealt with and marginalized like meaningless peasant rabble before.  Those who do not learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.

Mr. Philip Chodur

Mr. Philip Chodur

As I reported last week, G8 Development is tasked with seeing this hotel through. Either the main (only) man there, Philip Chodur, sells Marriott Hotels on this project, or he does not. If he fails, this so-called “renaissance” five-project development likely goes into the crapper like a stomachful of half-digested Moscow Mules.

Knowing that so much rides on this man – almost a mystery man to us common folk who are left out of the loop by city hall – gives me motivation to find out more. Yes, I already reported that Mr. Chodur is busy suing the city of La Vista, California at this time. His development deal in their historic downtown, involving parking ramps, mixed use properties, loss of parking spaces, etc, turned sour. Therefore, he is suing that community for undisclosed damages. He is gobbling up properties in our downtown, meanwhile, even as the wheels connected to our deal are in motion, moving parts are slapping each other everyday like balls in a lotto drawing.  No one knows if Marriott will really decide to build here in Mason City.  Yet, his connection to Mason City and dependence on this deal to play out favorably is growing.

Mr. Chodur seems to be betting that yes, Marriott will build. He and his company, G8 Development, will try to sell the plan to the hotel giant, with the help of city officials and a multi-million dollar parking ramp about to be approved by the city council.

Eric loves to eat snow cones in his Blue Zone t-shirt

Eric loves to eat snow cones in his Blue Zone t-shirt

But alas, what do we really know about Mr. Chodur and G8 Development?  After all, he’s a big player in this deal – maybe the biggest – along with out-of-work-snowcone-loving Eric and Alex Kuhn, maybe the only honest guy in the room.  (He’s part owner of the biggest construction company in town, now, you know, Henkel Construction.)

Well, for starters, the California Secretary of State shows the address of G8 Development at 7626 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, California. The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce lists the same address – so, that matches.

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Google Street Map
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Being the persistent individual that I am, I decided to call over to G8 Development today and find out what’s going on with them.  Kinda shoot the breeze, if you will. I spoke with a friendly gal there, “Ann”. She explained that their offices are in a residential home at 7626 El Cajon Blvd, not the creepy used car lot next door.  Cool, I thought; I can dig working from home, since I do that, too.  She said they are working on “several” other residential projects (it sounded like single homes) and we didn’t talk about the lawsuit in La Vista.  She couldn’t comment – as she had no knowledge of the progress –  of talks between Mr. Chodur and Marriott Hotels.

Next, I search out the address 7626 El Cajon Blvd., and came up with “Deluxe Trailer Park” in La Mesa.  Hmm, same address as G8.  The trailer park has a (different) phone number, too, so I called it.  Ann from G8 picked up the phone, but this time her name was “Angela”.  We had a good chuckle about this odd circumstance, how I was calling a trailer park and what do you know, the same number goes to her phone at G8. “Yep, they all go to me,” Angela said.  She explained that the house G8 Development does its work out of is tucked inside the trailer park, which Mr. Chodur also owns.  (See the attached map with this story, showing the layout).

g8development.com/mason-city-hotel/

g8development.com/mason-city-hotel

From what I gathered, Mr. Chodur is a solitary man, running G8 Development, with a few employees, maybe up to four of them.  He owns a trailer park, where his G8 office is located.  His website has a special page named “Mason City Marriott” apparently just for us – but there are no other words on the page.

More to come on this developing story.

The story started back in October of 2013 - we were told a hotel was coming. So far, nothing.

The story started back in October of 2013 – we were told a hotel was coming. So far, nothing.

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20 Responses to Getting to know G8 Development, tasked with building hotel in downtown Mason City

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 2, 2016 at 9:39 am

    By the way… Chodur is originally from MC. He’s not a total stranger.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 2, 2016 at 9:37 am

    You people bched n moaned about the Library redo. But they got that done! You bched n moaned about FLW and they finally got that done and is a success. You bched n moaned about downtown redevelopement and they got that done. Now they want to bring a hotel and jobs to town and you’re bchn about that! Give up. Your anti everything is worthless and counter productive. When are you going to learn you CAN’T stop progress. If we did things the way you naysayers wanted the whole town would look like a filthy run down rat hole. You’re the fricken COUNTY SEAT! Biggest city in the county. So you OWE the rest of the citizens and N IOWA a decent city. And don’t give that bs about not needing a hotel. There are only a couple worthy places for visitors to stay in MC. This package could do great things for MC and surrounding area. The Hockey and EVENT Center would bring in people and those people would NOT want to stay at the Ashley or American Inn. MC doesn’t have much more than those for visitors. So get off our tightwad lazy brained azzes and improve MC. As it is you’re only attracting the seedy element. Then you bch about that.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 2, 2016 at 7:26 am

    All that really makes you wonder what they are hiding. When they have a employee misrepresent it doesn’t look good. I have heard rumors that Mr. Chodur has purchased several property’s in Mason City. It is unknown if he did this on contract based on the deal going through or if he put up real money.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    May 1, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Wow..good work Matt..but, take time off from that, do some digging into this Prestage deal..stinks to high heaven & no hogs in sight yet..like rumors a certain councilman realtor has his hands into alot of transactions that could be a little tricky to ‘splainin to ethics board or..FBI..
    AMPI sold to dog food company in June of 2015…Prestage supposedly contacted December 18 of 2015..

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    Katie R Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    “these characters” intimidated businesses also who were questioning this multi part deal.

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    Katie R Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Wondering if our Police or Sheriff’s Dept did ANY background research on this guy…or our city’s legal department ? This is almost comical..

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      WTF Reply Report comment

      December 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

      There you go again….. trash talking law enforcement. Didn’t you like the room service you got in jail?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

    It’s all about $$$$$$$ and I see alot of patsys ready to get fleeced.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Trump for 2016 -Matt VP !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2015 at 6:08 am

    get ready to bend over and touch your toes, its coming

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 15, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Nice work Matt!!! Keep digging and firing the truth torpedoes..
    At least the wheels are still on his house/office so he can make a fast get away with all our money…

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Seems as thought one Philip Chodur has a history of “interesting” real estate transactions.

    http://www.fearnotlaw.com/wsnkb/articles/behne_v_chodur-29415.html

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Interesting.

    G8 Development is also listed on the Mason City Chamber of Commerce website as a member.
    http://business.masoncityia.com/list/member/g8-development-inc-6707

    Different address & phone number

    Contractors Real Estate Developers
    G8 Development Inc.
    REQUEST INFO
    4538 Cass St San Diego, CA 92109
    (619) 823-3402
    Whom to Contact – Phillip Chodur

    Google “4538 Cass St San Diego, CA 92109” and it comes up as:
    Prudential Dunn Realtors

    Hmmmmmm…..

    • Matt Marquardt

      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      December 14, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      I think that’s where Philip Chodur LIVES. (Note AGENT address and ENTITY address as listed at http://kepler.sos.ca.gov)

      Entity Name: G8 DEVELOPMENT INC.
      Entity Number: C2595053
      Date Filed: 05/02/2006
      Status: ACTIVE
      Jurisdiction: CALIFORNIA
      Entity Address: 7626 EL CAJON BLVD.
      Entity City, State, Zip: LA MESA CA 91942
      Agent for Service of Process: PHILIP MICHAEL CHODUR
      Agent Address: 4538 CASS STREET
      Agent City, State, Zip: SAN DIEGO CA 92109

    • Matt Marquardt

      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      December 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

      From what I know of Robin Anderson – aside from her cold, slightly-aluring leather hand grip – she’d sell a chamber membership to the guy living in a van down by the river.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 16, 2015 at 11:12 am

      This address does not match up with the address in Matt’s article. Who knows where or what Chodur is up too. Grew up in MC but moved on and has quite a sketchy history of bad deals and lawsuits…

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    Anonymous Too Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    This guy is brokering multi-million dollar deals and his office is a trailer in a trailer park?? Something smells very fishy here!

    • Matt Marquardt

      Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      December 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      It’s a house tucked into the trailer park. It’s surrounded by trailers and a used car lot.

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    LVS Reply Report comment

    December 14, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    @Cute name-as one of the fools who the mayor counts on for gross stupidity you sure fit the bill. I have seen the people in this city get screwed ever time after time from people like Kew and Jolas and Marinos and now we have possibly the worse in Drunkmeyer. I wonder what his kickback is. Has he been secretly buying property downtown in hopes the value will improve. That was always Marinos scheme and it worked for her. I am not supportive of Mercy at all and that just show how truly ignorant someone with a name like yours is.