Residence Inn planned near Carytown

KM Hotels is seeking an SUP to build a Residence Inn by Marriott on nearly an acre of land near the Interstate 195 Floyd Avenue exit. (Glave & Holmes Architecture)

A Henrico-based hotelier is adding to its property count in the city — this time with a proposal to construct an extended-stay hotel and commercial space that will rise a stone’s throw from Carytown.

KM Hotels is planning a five-story, 127-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel at the corner of Floyd Avenue and North Thompson Street, just off Interstate 195, according to an application filed last week with the city’s planning division.

The project, first reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, would rise on 10 contiguous lots currently occupied by a mix of offices on roughly a 1-acre block at 3600 and 3602 Floyd Ave.; 100, 102, 104 and 106 N. Thompson St.; and 101, 103, 107 and 109 Berrington Court.

“The location is strong, with the easy access to (I-195) and all parts of Richmond, as well as the walkability to Carytown and the Museum District,” said Mayur Patel, KM Hotels’ president and COO. “We felt that it was a good location for a high-end, extended-stay product like the Residence Inn.”

Patel said the firm is under contract to purchase the 10 properties owned by Richmond-based BMS Partners for an undisclosed amount.

Combined, the properties most recently were assessed by the city for about $2.7 million, according to real estate records.

Plans call for the existing cluster of offices, mostly converts of single-family homes dating to the late 1940s, to be razed and replaced with the hotel. About 5,600 square feet of retail or restaurant space would be included at the street level of the new development, mainly fronting Floyd Avenue, according to planning documents.

A central courtyard, fitness and meeting rooms, lobby area, front desk, workspaces and hotel management offices also are planned for the site.

The proposed restaurant and bar at Floyd Avenue and North Thompson Street would have its own public entrance, according to planning documents.

An existing surface parking lot overlooking I-195 at 100 and 102 Berrington Court also would be redeveloped into a five-story, 193-space parking deck for the future hotel property, according to planning documents.

Patel said the firm plans to enter into a long-term ground lease with the family of the late Hilton W. Goodwyn, which owns the 0.4-acre surface parking site on Berrington Court. As part of its agreement with the Goodwyn family, KM Hotels will construct the parking deck, reserving 45 spaces of the 193-space deck for the under-construction Carytown Exchange development on Cary Street.

Seeking a special-use permit

KM Hotels is seeking a special-use permit from the city since all 12 sites are zoned RO-2, which does not permit hotel or ground floor retail or restaurant uses.

Andy Condlin of law firm Roth Jackson, which is representing KM Hotels through its special-use permit application, said it plans to take the request to the city’s planning commission in March or April 2020.

If granted approval, construction could start late next year and would take about 18 months to complete, Patel said.

Henrico-based NBJ Architecture and Richmond-based Glave & Holmes Architecture designed the hotel. VHB is the civil engineer handling the project.

A general contractor has not been selected.

KM Hotels operates hotels under several flags, including Candlewood Suites, Fairfield Inn & Suites and Hampton Inn, throughout Virginia, West Virginia, Texas, New Jersey, Kentucky, Maryland, Alabama and Washington, D.C.

The company has been busy in metro Richmond, most recently announcing plans in July to redevelop the former Akaza Hotel property at 6531 W. Broad St. into a hotel and office development.

It’s also announced plans in April to construct the state’s first AC Hotel by Marriott on part of a nearly 2-acre site at 1300 E. Byrd St., along the south side of the Kanawha Canal. The eight-story, 150-room hotel would rise next door to the Lady Byrd Hat Factory building and across Virginia Street from the Vistas on the James condominium building.

The company also is building its new Tru by Hilton hotel in Ashland. Its 119-bed Residence Inn is nearing completion on the former Skilligalee restaurant site at 5416 Glenside Drive, and it is remodeling the Holiday Inn Express at 2000 Staples Mill Road. It also recently converted the remaining Red Carpet Inn, which sits next door to the future Tru by Hilton in Ashland, into a Red Roof Inn.

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This being my neighborhood, I support what I read from this article. This will be the 5th major commercial redevelopment in the MDA in the last 25 years: the Krogers SunTrust expansion, the Walgreens corner, the Verizon readaptation to a SC, the new Publix SC, and the current proposal. The others have added assets to the community and I suspect this will also. We could use a local Class A hotel in the MDA, and placing it up against “the Ditch” is a logical choice. As a land use, this makes a lot of sense. The developer may need to… Read more »

Justin Fritch
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Justin Fritch

Good point about the signaling. As a regular user of Berrington Ct. to bypass the Grove intersection, I can see where added cross traffic with the expressway ramp may get a bit messy.

The project certainly looks like a great fit for the location though!

sam nelson
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sam nelson

I am confident that Mayur and the people at KM Hotels will do a wonderful job. They are committee to improving Richmond. Look at the redevelopment projects cited in the article plus their more recent venture on West Board. It will be a boost to Carytown and it’s likely to reduce traffic and parking issues sited by in one reader’s comment . Best wished to Mayur and his crew.

matt schon
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matt schon

Not a good idea.
The area is overrun by development and traffic.
No building permits should be issued.
Fix the roads and potholes.

charles Frankenhoff
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charles Frankenhoff

I like the idea and location, I just wish it were a nicer hotel. I hope they don’t make it look “short pump-y”

Kelly Ludwig
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Kelly Ludwig

Charles – The architects are Glave and Holmes and the design is clearly based on the historic work of the impeccable Charles Francis Annesley Voysey, it doesn’t get any better than that.

charles Frankenhoff
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charles Frankenhoff

I like Tudor. I worry about the execution. I’ve seen plenty of short pump type hotels with a few faux historic touches thrown on to make it truly gawdawful.

If they do real Tudor (by which I mean MD appropriate stockbroker Tudor) I’ll be ecstatic. But I just want to see good architecture there, of whatever form (though I do think mid century modern would be inappropriate)

David Humphrey
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David Humphrey

I don’t think the rendering looks “short pump-y” at all. No hotel in Short Pump has an angled roof, much less chimneys. The elements that extend beyond the normal façade and the surrounds for the windows also help to give character. Always better to see the end result, but this looks a lot better than almost anything else I have seen at this stage of the development process.

Michael Dodson
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Michael Dodson

It looks like a middle English tudor like structure. How many 5-story, white concrete materials structures are in this area? Ellwood Thompson’s new office and the homes are post WWII and into modern design. To me this does not blend well with anything around it. Why is the exterior not brick? I do think the location makes sense again the expressway but it is a strange that would fit well in Busch Gardens Theme Park but not in the Carytown area. And no I don’t think the design is bad it just doesn’t look right for the block.

Chris Muller
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Chris Muller

While brick would be welcome, there are plenty of examples of neo-Tudor structures in the Museum district, in particular the “English Village” court just a couple of blocks away on Grove in between Nansemond and Roseneath.

karl hott
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karl hott

Lookout, Museum District. If you don’t mitigate this, what will come next?

charles Frankenhoff
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charles Frankenhoff

other good projects in an appropriate place? The horror… I live in the MD, and think the idea of a hotel there is great. Tax money that the city needs, businesses in a business district, and a hotel for the neighborhood. I honestly can’t even guess why someone would object to any of that.

I do understand the worry it might be too “short pumpy”. I have that worry myself. But if they build a nice city hotel there that engages the sidewalk and the streetscape and is walkable, I’ll be ecstatic.