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8-story hotel in the works near Innsbrook

J. Elias O'Neal June 16, 2017 1

The hotel is planned for a 3-acre parking lot in WestMark Office Park.

The hotel is planned for a 3-acre parking lot in WestMark Office Park.

A St. Louis-based hotel chain is eyeing its first location in the Richmond market – and its first in the state.

Drury Development Corp. is planning an eight-story Drury Plaza Hotel on a 3-acre parking lot in the WestMark Office Park at 11049 W. Broad St., across from Innsbrook.

The hotel is set to include 217 rooms, meeting rooms and a pool area, according to plans filed with the Henrico County Planning Commission.

While development plan for the project was approved by the county in May, the necessary permitting to begin the hotel’s construction is still pending.

Drury development manager Michael Prehm did not return calls seeking comment Thursday afternoon.

drury hotel rendering

A rendering of the planned Drury Plaza Hotel. (VHB Architects)

The Drury Plaza Hotel would add to a collection of nationally branded hotels that dot the Innsbrook area, including the nearby Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place and Extended Stay America.

It joins the two-building WestMark Office Park complex that totals 416,000 square feet along West Broad Street, next to the Interstate 64 interchange. The 32-acre property, which was sold for $45 million in February, soon will add SunTrust to its tenant list when the banking giant takes over the 212,000-square-foot WestMark I building this year.

The future hotel also adds to a recent development hot streak around Innsbrook.

The former Citgo gas station at 11000 W. Broad St. soon will be transformed into the Richmond market’s first Corner Bakery Café location. Nearby, husband-and-wife team Max and Helene Koehler plan to construct Wash Your Way RVA, a carwash and auto-detail operation at 4040 Sadler Road. And the Dominion Shoppes are taking shape on another former gas station site at 4101 Dominion Blvd.

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One Comment »

  1. Bruce Milam June 16, 2017 at 8:46 am - Reply

    It’s time for all local jurisdictions to start redeveloping the seas of asphalt created by suburban zoning laws. Some of the worst perpetuators are the vast unused lots facing Lowes and Home Depot. Those were computed based on formulas for small item retail, not taking in account that most of their sales are bulk items and contractor sales of lumber and landscaping materials. Let’s fill in these ugly and environmentally damaging lots with tax revenue producing and employment generating businesses.

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