Hotel plans put on hold at Fort Lee

By Nicole Bell - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

FORT LEE, VA (WWBT) - A big win for the Greater Tri-cities Hospitality Coalition as Congress decides to put plans for a proposed high rise hotel on hold. The coalition learned of this latest development earlier today.

In a letter, the House Armed Services Committee, which is responsible for reviewing the army's plan, says it will consider the hotel project after the coalition's questions are answered - by the Department of Defense. Those questions include, what consideration was given to the potential economic impact on the tri-cities.

The Tri-cities Hospitality Coalition is a group of more than a hundred business owners who are worried the hotel would cause them to lose business. A representative from the coalition says since the proposed hotel will have shops, stores, and a restaurant - soldiers will likely stay on post for such services and not spend those dollars at area businesses. If constructed, the lodging facility would stand 15 stories high. Making it the largest in the state. The 1000 room hotel would be built on 23 acres at Fort Lee.

Representatives at the post say the facility is needed to accommodate an influx of students that are coming to Fort Lee. Right now it's unclear when the Department of Defense will have those questions answered.

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