(This article was originally published in the March 6, 2021 installment of Charlottesville Community Engagement)
The Buildings and Grounds Committee of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors met yesterday and approved the schematic design for a new hotel and conference center, as well as an athletics complex. The $130.5 million hotel project will be located near the new School of Data Science within the emerging Ivy Corridor. (meeting packet)
“A mixed-use hospitality, convening, and social destination in this central location will provide a catalyst to achieve these strategic goals set by the President’s Emmet Ivy Task Force,” reads the staff report.
Those goals include supporting the Democracy Initiative, an initiative of the College of Arts and Sciences and other institutions.
The University and its real estate foundation have been purchasing land along Ivy Road for many years to assemble enough space, including the Cavalier Inn. That structure was demolished in the summer of 2018 and the place where it stood will remain undeveloped according to a 2020 site plan.
The hotel will have 215 rooms and 28,000 square feet of space for conferences. It will wrap around the existing parking garage.Read more