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New Hotel a Possibility for Route 1

Baywood Hotels has expressed interest in building a hotel on Route 1.

A major hotel chain has expressed interest in building a hotel at the former Daks restaurant site on Route 1.

Baywood Hotels, a partner company of Marriott, is looking into constructing a 92-room hotel at the site located between the Woodlawn Shopping Center and Ourisman used car lot.

The company has met with Fairfax County's Office of Community Revitalization and Reinvestment to discuss the transportation and environmental impacts, said Brett Kenney, Chief Aide to Mount Vernon District Supervisor Gerry Hyland.

Baywoods Hotels is currently in talks with Fairfax County for the transportation improvements and LEED certifications that would need to be met in order for the hotel to be built.

The Southeast Fairfax Development Corporation (SFDC) has voiced its support of the project. SFDC has been working with Baywood Hotels over the past year; if plans for the hotel are approved, this hotel would be the fourth built by Baywood Hotels on Richmond Highway in the last five years, according to Tony Fontana, Marketing and Communications Manager at SFDC.

"The hospitality industry is demonstrating great interest in the market potential of the Richmond Highway corridor as the local economy continues to respond positively to the increased level of activity at Fort Belvoir," said Fontana. "The SFDC pledges to remain active in recruiting additional uses that enhance the community’s economy, appearance, and overall appeal."

Repeated calls to Baywood Hotels were not returned.

DAVE December 02, 2011 at 02:39 PM
Until they bulldoze 90% of the land between the Beltway and Belvoir and come up with a comprehensive plan to address both residential and traffic issues. This hotel is just another shiny, dressed up, trashcan.
Active Citizen December 03, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Jessie, Good article and thanks for the heads up to the community! Two things you missed though. I believe its going to be a limitied service hotel, meaning guests will have to drive to find restaurants along the corridor, and that the main entrance will be off a side street, Woodlawn Court, with no entrance on Richmond Highway. If a hotel owner wants to take on the risk of building a operating a hotel, then Im sure hes done his research. My concern is the future traffic damage this hotel will create without significant traffic improvements at the intersection. There is no left turn lane onto Woodlawn Court from Richmond Highway going north and no traffic light. Currently, only a small number of 12-15 residents live on Woodlawn Ct. If the hotel is planning on most of its 94 guests being related to Ft Belvoir and tourism like Mt Vernon, then the hotel and its guests will turn Richmond Highway going north into a one lane highway as they wait to turn left against the daily bumper to bumper traffic going south on Richmond Highway from 3-7pm. Even if there is a small turn lane created, I believe Fairfax County and VDOT are saying that a light cannot be put in. I wonder what traffic improvements Fairfax County and VDOT are going to put in place?
Active Citizen December 03, 2011 at 01:01 PM
The last thing we need is another Kings Crossing with a small backed up turn lane turning Richmond Highway into a one lane road going north during busy times. The hotel, instead should move its entrance to the end of the access road in front of the Woodlawn Shopping Center, where an existing stop light is located, allowing the guests to not block traffic, turn left at a light, and enter the hotel.
Tamara Wichelns December 05, 2011 at 05:19 PM
I can not speak for the other hotels on the Highway, but ours is thriving and we are forecasting additonal ADR and OCC for 2012. We're running just over 70% Occ for the year, up 10% from last year, with forecasting an additional 5-7% increase for 2012. Additionally, Our ADR is up 10% as well, with an additional projected increase of 7% for 2012. These increases in the industry are phenomenal. Please feel free to personally reach out to me as it's my favorite topic to discuss! Tamara Wichelns Director of Sales Hampton Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon/Belvoir/Alexandria
Kevin O'Rourke December 22, 2011 at 02:54 PM
WOW! That silenced all the nay-sayers. I see the added hotels as a boost to the regions economy. I know the good people at Hampton Inn & Suites Mt Vernon and I see that they get quite a bit of business. Whenever I have friends and family visit I put them up at this fine hotel. When they open the Army Museum and the George Washington Education Center, everyone would be crying for more hotels if they don't build now. Like it or not, they will be (and are) needed.

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