Preparation of the construction site and fencing began the week of July 9 in the vacant retail space between the University of Mary Washington Foundation’s Eagle Village complex and Giant Food, to allow for construction of the new Hyatt Place hotel. The hotel will be located in the second phase of the Eagle Village mixed-use development adjacent to UMW’s Fredericksburg campus.
The work started the third week of July and will continue through mid August. During that period, lanes may be re-routed around the building on a day-to-day basis, but no major roadway closures are expected, according to Jeff Rountree, chief executive officer for the UMW Foundation.
The five-story, 66,500-square-foot hotel is scheduled to open its doors by fall 2013. The hotel will include 93 studio rooms or suites, several meeting and conference rooms for public rent and 24-hour food and beverage service for guests. The 66,500-square-foot facility also will include an indoor pool and a fitness center. In addition, the building will house approximately 1,400 square feet of retail space and possibly a day spa, according to Rountree.
As announced in June, the Hyatt Place will be the first to benefit from the new Virginia Tourism Development financing project.