Richmond Planning Commission approves new hotel at Hilltop

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Richmond Planning Commission approves new hotel at Hilltop
Rendering courtesy of city documents.

By Kathy Chouteau

The Richmond Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a conditional use permit and the design for Homewood Suites Hotel, an extended stay property in the city’s Hilltop neighborhood.

The hotel is slated to be 79,618 square feet, with five stories and 103 rooms, and located at the northeast corner of Garrity Way and Blume Drive. The location is the site of the former Chevy’s restaurant that burned down following a fire in 2020.

Plans for the property include amenities such as an outdoor seating area, fitness room, conference room and bicycle storage lockers. As an extended stay hotel, the rooms will have kitchenettes.

While Planning Commissioners had hoped the project would include a restaurant, a feasibility study revealed little interest from restaurants from wanting to open there, according to hotel officials. The study also showed few options for extended stay hotels in the area.

The Planning Commission approved the project contingent upon a number of conditions, including the installation of additional landscaping, signage or public art at the corner of the property.

Learn more about the new hotel here.