110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Jan 20, 2014 - 7:51:27am
Armed with a site plan recently approved by the DeLand City Commission, West Volusia Hospitality LLC is moving closer to beginning construction of DeLand’s first new hotel since 1999, and the first new hotel in West Volusia since 2003.
West Volusia Hospitality bought land near the DeLand Walmart Supercenter for $1.6 million in April from Serene Hospitality of Orlando, which was losing the property in foreclosure proceedings.
“We haven’t hired a contractor yet,” said Samir Naran, executive vice president of Premier Resorts & Management in Daytona Beach, the parent company of West Volusia Hospitality. “It will probably be a couple of weeks.”
Naran said funding and permits have been secured, so construction should begin soon.
“We hope to start turning dirt very soon,” he said. Once a contractor is in place, “construction can start almost immediately.”
Construction should take eight to 12 months, but Naran is hoping it will be right at 10 months when the doors open for business. The staff will consist of 20-25 employees, depending on seasonal fluctuations.
The 94-room hotel, which will likely carry the Hampton Inn banner, will be built on roughly 10.6 acres surrounding a now-closed TD Bank branch on the west side of North Woodland Boulevard, directly across from Old Daytona Road.
However, traffic from the hotel will not be able to directly access Old Daytona because of a median on Woodland that permits right turns only for northbound and southbound motorists. Drivers exiting the hotel site will have to turn right and, if they want to head north on Woodland or get to Old Daytona, they will need to make a U-turn at International Speedway Boulevard some 900 feet south.
Department of Transportation officials have determined in the past that there’s not enough distance between that intersection and either International Speedway Boulevard or Violetwood Road, which is some 1,100 feet north at one entrance to the Walmart Supercenter, to install a traffic signal in front of the hotel property.
The purchase last April also included about 3.5 acres north of the hotel site that includes several street-front parcels and a strip of land behind them extending to Violetwood Road. However, those properties are in the county and don’t figure into the plans for entering and leaving the hotel site, consulting engineer Tadd Kasbeer said.
“There’s not going to be a lot of need for traffic to the north,” Kasbeer said. “Most of it will head to the south and west, so we can use the existing traffic patterns.”
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