Former eatery site could serve up hotel

The former Skilligalee restaurant, with the Hampton Inn and Suites behind. (Photo by Michael Thompson)

The former Skilligalee, with the Hampton Inn and Suites behind. (Photo by Michael Thompson)

A shuttered West End seafood restaurant’s new owner has wasted little time charting a new course for the property.

Nobility Investments, which bought Skilligalee after it closed in July, wants to build a four-story, 119-room hotel on the site at 5416 Glenside Dr. The building’s plans are similar to the Nobility-owned, 118-room Hampton Inn & Suites that sits just behind the Skilligalee building.

Andy Condlin, a Roth Doner Jackson attorney who submitted a rezoning application to Henrico County on behalf of Nobility Investments manager Al Patel, said the hotel’s ownership will target extended-stay business travelers.

A sketch of the would-be hotel.

A sketch of the would-be hotel.

“[Patel] has seen a continued increase in occupancy at the Hampton Inn and also in business travelers that have been staying for the week,” Condlin said. “The market is really good for this area for that type of business.”

A sketch the firm submitted to the Henrico County Planning commission shows a Residence Inn, a Marriott-owned brand that caters to extended-stay clients. Condlin said Nobility has not secured a franchise agreement with Marriott, but it is typical for a hotel developer to line up zoning before inking a deal with any given brand.

Skilligalee closed on July 12, 2013, after more than 40 years in business. The restaurant’s owner Richard Stephenson sold Skilligalee’s 1.3-acre parcel on Glenside Drive to Nobility Investments less than three weeks later. The property fetched $890,000.

Nobility Investments is seeking to amend a 30-year-old proffer forbidding a hotel on the site. The restriction was put in place when Stephenson had the property conditionally rezoned in 1983 to accommodate his restaurant. The now-vacant, 10,430-square-foot building was constructed in 1985, according to Henrico County records.

The case for the new hotel is scheduled to be heard Feb. 13 at a Henrico Planning Commission meeting. Planning staff has recommended the item be deferred, however, suggesting the applicant produce more detailed plans and hold a community meeting on the project.

There are 17 hotels within 1.25 miles of the proposed Residence Inn, according to the planning staff’s report, including a Residence Inn less than a mile away from Skilligalee. Two other extended stay hotels, Extended Stay America and Value Place, sit directly across Glenside. Since 2008, the area has gained four hotels and lost one, resulting in a net increase of 195 rooms over the past five years.

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