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Notes: Stalled Old Town hotel project could pivot to residential

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802-808 N. Washington Street (image via Google Maps)

The Washington Business Journal reported that plans for a partially built five-story hotel are dead in the water but the developer is hoping to turn it into a residential development instead.

After some delays, plans to replace the two story Towne-Motel at 802-808 N. Washington Street with a new five-story, 98-room hotel got underway in 2020. But even as the building started going up, the Washington Business Journal reported that rising interest rates and construction costs caused funding for the project to dry up.

Now, with the parking garage and first floor built, the Washington Business Journal said reports filed to the city show that the hotel project is no longer viable and the hope is to pivot to building 47 condos instead. The 122-year-old brick townhouse, which was moved back in 2020 to make was for the new development, could be incorporated into the townhouse development.

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