The newly created Uptown Suites hotel brand recently gained approval for a 126-room all-suites hotel in Loudoun County, Virginia. This will be the first Uptown Suites constructed in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Uptown Suites is a new hotel brand owned by Starwood Capital Group. Starwood Capital purchased Intown Suites in late 2014 with the intention of renovating and refreshing the existing portfolio, purchasing and consolidating existing hotels, and designing a new upscale product to bring to market. Uptown Suites is the new upscale product being brought to market.
Through a determined effort by the applicant, property owner, and adjacent interested parties, Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh was able to guide the applicant through a lengthy and challenging legislative application approval process which included detailed negotiations with an existing condominium owners association. The hotel site is located on a 2-acre infill property abutting Route 7 in Sterling, Virginia that has been vacant for over 20 years and was subject to covenants that did not permit the hotel use. In working with the condominium owners association, Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh was able to draft a development agreement that addressed the concerns of the condominium owners association and paved the way for the legislative application to move forward. Outreach with neighboring HOAs, property owners, and Loudoun County’s hospitality entity enabled the application to garner the necessary public support to positively influence the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors leading to the approval of the application.
Land Use Planner Michael Romeo represented Uptown Suites in the approval process and Real Estate Transactions attorneys Mark Goetzman and Antonia Miller drafted the development agreement during the entitlement process.