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Why the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Avenue Closed Its Doors

We were alerted by an astute reader last weekend that the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia had quietly shut its doors. Now I know why. Details…

Holiday inn on Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Virginia
We were alerted by an astute reader last weekend that the Holiday Inn on Eisenhower Avenue had quietly shut its doors.

Now I know why.

Sources tell me that the owners are looking to rebuild the site as a much larger hotel and conference center to serve the East Eisenhower corridor and the National Science Foundation (currently under construction on Block 8). The existing Holiday Inn currently consists of approximately 101,000 sf with 197 rooms and approximately 260 surface parking spaces.

The owner, Hoffman Management, is proposing something quite larger.

With this development proposal, the owner is requesting an increase in floor area from 101,000 sf to 468,100 and an increase in the allowable building height from 150 ft to 225 ft to accommodate a 659 room hotel with a 50,000 sf conference center. A three level, below-grade parking structure, consisting of 706 parking spaces is proposed with an additional 26 surface parking spaces.

You can see the three options under consideration by the Carlyle Design Review Board after the jump. I am told from sources that this proposal has been put on hold until later in the year.

Here are the three options. To read more about this proposal, click this link (LARGE PDF file). My preference is the third one down, what say you?

An option for the new Eisenhower Avenue hotel and conference center in the Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, VA

An option for the new Eisenhower Avenue hotel and conference center in the Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, VA

An option for the new Eisenhower Avenue hotel and conference center in the Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, VA

(H/T Patrick)

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Lee Hernly is the Founder and Editor of Port City Wire, Alexandria, Virginia's best source for hyper-local news, opinion, and events.

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Jay
Jay
September 11, 2014 12:32 pm

Lee,

I forget where I read it, but some researchers believe the site of the Cameron village that predated Alexandria, and competed with it for the tobacco station in the 1740s, is right there where the Holiday Inn is located.

This would give archaeologists a chance to look at this site, a possible treasure history wise.

Thanks for posting!

RM
RM
September 12, 2014 8:16 am

Would this entail tearing down the Hoffman (what I think is) a mausoleum? behind the Holiday Inn? I’m just curious how that would be handled.

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September 12, 2014 11:18 am

Hi RM –

The application makes no mention of this (see link above). I plan to be at the next DRB meeting and can ask.

Jay
Jay
September 12, 2014 5:15 pm

Good question RM. Hoffman built the neighborhood so one would imagine they would not dare touch his resting place. It’s tucked in the corner so it seems safe.

Tim
Tim
January 15, 2015 1:07 am

I am the former AGM at the Holiday Inn Eisenhower and yes the mausoleum was removed.

Bill Brandon
Bill Brandon
February 24, 2015 9:19 pm

“My preference is the third one down, what say you?” I say they are all the same. How about some initial site thought to make this a ‘green building’?

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