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Hotel land won’t sell by end of August

The land at the corner of Caroline and Charlotte streets that the city first started trying to sell to a hotelier two summers ago is going to remain city property for a few more months.

The developers that have proposed building a Courtyard by Marriott at that corner (a partnership that includes Northern Virginia hoteliers Rich Palmer and Barry Gosnell and local developer Tommy Mitchell) agreed in June to extend the closing deadline in their original agreement with the city from June 30 to Aug. 30 of this year.

That extension was made so that the flurry of easement and alley vacations, boundary line adjustments and other beaurocratic actions needed for the sale could pass through the governmental process before closing.

But according to a memo that City Council members got in their meeting packets for next week, two things remain on the pre-closing to-do list: site plan approval and a building permit for the hotel.

The Planning Commission has to hold a public hearing on the site plan (a formality required by city ordinance, but a step that doesn’t have much substance, since the Building and Development Services department approves site plans based on their adherence to the state building code). That hearing won’t happen until Sept. 12.

So on Tuesday, the City Council will be asked to approve an amendment to the development agreement that would extend the closing deadline to Oct. 31. The agreement states that the hotel must open for business within two years of the closing date.

Other items of note on Tuesday’s agenda:

  • The second reading on the incentives package for a Wegman’s grocery store in Celebrate Virginia, and the funds to help the Expo Center lure big events. Background here.
  • Some discussion of where the city’s future courts complex will go.