A new hotel could be coming to State Farm Boulevard in the Pantops area of Albemarle County.
On Tuesday, the Albemarle County Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend an application plan for a proposed 109-room Hampton Inn.
The proposed hotel would be on two parcels that are currently zoned Planned District Mixed Commercial, and an application plan is required for that specific zoning.
The proposal also includes a proffer statement that would dedicate about two acres at the rear of the property to the county for parkland in the future.
David Benish, the county’s chief of planning and interim director of planning, said the development is in line with the current Pantops Master Plan land use designation of Urban Mixed Use and parks, as well as the soon-to-be updated master plan’s designations.
“That area in the proposed master plan is designated for community mixed use, and hotels are included as a primary use in that comprehensive plan district,” he said.
Kurt Wassenaar, a local architect representing Shamin Hotels, said they tried to match the materials and the massing of other buildings in the area.
“I think we pushed the Hampton Inn folks a little bit further than they normally like to be in their envelope in order to get something that was a quality project,” he said.
The proposed hotel might be able to be seen from Monticello, and Wassenaar said they worked with the Thomas Jefferson Foundation to address concerns they had about vegetative buffering and the color of the building in relation to Monticello’s “viewshed.”
“We did quite a bit of study on the existing buildings on Pantops, as well as [Sentara] Martha Jefferson [Hospital], so it would fit visually with what you see,” he said. “That was one of the major issues that Monticello had, as well as the articulation of the building.”