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Hotel plans nearing approval for Wilson Tavern/NoVa MMA site
  • Bard January 13, 2014 - 12:08 pm #97058 Reply

    Or so says the Lyon Village community newsletter. I didn’t realize they were so far along in the process. I guess construction could start this summer.

    It seems like an awfully weird place for a small hotel. Hopefully there’s a good hotel bar, at least.

     

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    Swag January 13, 2014 - 2:31 pm #97096 Reply

    Thought it was apartments? Or is that the block next to it?

    newty25 January 13, 2014 - 2:38 pm #97103 Reply

    Wait… are they planning to tear down Wilson Tavern? I was just there on Saturday and no one mentioned this.

    Swag January 13, 2014 - 2:48 pm #97107 Reply

    Wait... are they planning to tear down Wilson Tavern? I was just there on Saturday and no one mentioned this.

    Don’t worry, nothing of value will be lost.

    Tom January 13, 2014 - 3:24 pm #97116 Reply

    Oh, wow! I work directly next door and I didn’t hear anything about this, either. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Chris Slatt January 13, 2014 - 3:46 pm #97124 Reply

    Nope.

    Last status update I saw said likely to be heard at the February County Board meeting.

    Site plan page.

    Bard January 13, 2014 - 4:14 pm #97127 Reply

    Nope.

    Last status update I saw said likely to be heard at the February County Board meeting.

    Site plan page.

    I hope they’re wrong (for the sake of NoVa MMA), but according to the Lyon Village Bulletin (http://lyonvillage.org/bulletin/2014-01-bulletin.pdf) approval by the Board in February or March could mean construction starts in the summer:

    Development Update 2401 Wilson - Hotel (Wilson Tavern / NOVA Mixed Martial Arts): The project had its final Site Plan Review Committee hearing on November 18 and hopes to go before the Planning Commission and County Board in March. If everything goes well, the construction could begin in July or August 2014.

    Bard January 13, 2014 - 4:24 pm #97128 Reply

    And sorry, I suppose the title should not have said the plans have been approved, but rather that the review process is complete and, pending approval by the board, construction could begin in the summer. I went ahead and edited it.

    Thanks for posting the link to the site plan, by the way. Other than losing NoVaMMA I wouldn’t care one way or another about having a small hotel nearby, especially if it has a decent bar/restaurant. But man, what they’re planning to build is really unattractive. So ugly that I’m thinking about attending the board meeting to complain about it.

    Chris Slatt January 13, 2014 - 4:39 pm #97129 Reply

    That clears it up!  Through SPRC, but not yet Transportation Commission, Planning Commission or the County Board.

    Tom January 13, 2014 - 5:18 pm #97136 Reply

    Thank you for clarifying (and piquing my interest in the first place). During my perusal of the site plan page, I stumbled on an approval plan for 2311 Wilson (http://www.arlingtonva.us/departments/CPHD/planning/applications/site_plans/page85754.aspx) of which I was previously unaware.

    CommentBot January 14, 2014 - 8:40 am #97142 Reply

    And they are proposing to redevelop the four “olde Arlington” style homes behind the site as well. I suppose living within stumbling distance to the Metro is worth having a hotel in your back yard.

    Swag January 14, 2014 - 9:04 am #97145 Reply

    GEN Sullivan and LTG Swan are gonna lose some of those nice, top-floor corner-office views.

    Tom January 14, 2014 - 11:18 am #97151 Reply

    @CommentBot--Maybe they’ll be placed up for grabs if you have the means to physically move them.

    @Swag--At least LTG Swan will have the remaining 1/4th on the front facade; a bird’s eye view of our height superiority to the South Korean Embassy annex across the street.

    Bard February 26, 2014 - 7:13 pm #100190 Reply

    So as it turns out I was right about this. The hotel plan (link above) has made it through a 12-month site plan review process and is nearing final approval. It is tentatively scheduled for public hearings at the March 3, 2014 Planning Commission meeting and the March 15, 2014 County Board meeting.

    Between the hotel plan and the office building project proposed for the Listrani’s block, the wholesale purge of local businesses from that neighborhood is pretty remarkable. All of them, and all at once. That may not be the swankest stretch of Wilson Blvd but it is welcoming and walkable, and the businesses are owned and frequented by locals. In their place we will get a pretty unattractive hotel (I’m assuming a corporate chain), which by definition is for out-of-towners, and another office building, at a time when the vacancy rate is unprecedented. Fantastic. Whose interests are being advanced here?

    It’s almost as if it doesn’t matter how a property will be used as long as noise levels will be low, safety won’t be compromised, and tax revenues will increase. Today’s news of the tax assessment hike on local businesses fits that narrative — the county knows most small businesses can’t afford it, and it doesn’t seem to care. Similarly, as far as I can tell, the vast majority of the modifications to the hotel project came at the urging of Lyon Village and other likeminded parties, seeking merely to mitigate negative effects on surrounding neighborhoods, rather than ensure that the project would provide a benefit to the community and its residents.

    I wrote a long letter to the Planning Commission and the Board expressing my displeasure with the hotel proposal. If you are similarly inclined, the planner overseeing the application is Peter Schulz (Pschulz@arlingtonva.us), and he appears to be responsive to community input. The email address for the county board is countyboard@arlingtonva.us.

    Swag February 26, 2014 - 8:09 pm #100191 Reply

    My only interests in these two projects are the hotel bar and ground floor retail. Really don’t care about losing what’s there right now.

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