Rt. 28 Hotel Gets a No

An application to build a new hotel along Rt. 28 in Sterling was rejected by the Board of Supervisors last week.

Eight of the nine board members voted against Sandpiper Hospitality IV’s application for a special exception to build a 126-room hotel just north of Sterling Boulevard on the west side of the highway.

Critics said the proposed hotel lacked amenities, such as a restaurant, that should be expected by visitors staying in the Rt. 28 corridor. The county Planning Commission shared that concern and earlier voted 5-3 to recommend denial of the application. Visit Loudoun, the county’s tourism agency, also opposed the proposal.

Supervisor Matthew F. Letourneau (R-Dulles) said the concept of an airport-oriented budget hotel conflicts with land use planning done in the corridor.

Vice Chairman Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn) said efforts by the applicant to add some amenities to the project fell short. “Sometimes you can’t put lipstick on a pig,” he said.

Only Supervisor Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) voted against denying the application.

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