Construction of a hotel on a piece of the old Bethel Elementary School site is set to begin soon after the approval of a land sale.
Last month, the Montgomery County Board of Supervisors approved the sale of additional .2 acre at the Motor Mile Park between Interstate 81 and Radford to Shah Development LLC, the real estate arm of Shelor Motor Mile. The small piece of land was added to a commercial lot already owned by Shah — and now sold to a hotel development company. The additional land will provide the extra space needed to make way for a Tru by Hilton hotel on roughly 10 acres Shah had already purchased that now includes a baseball field and playground.
Shah partner David Hagan said the four-story hotel will comprise 80 rooms and the construction is slated to begin later in the spring. He also said the hotel’s lot was sold to a Richmond-based firm called KM Hotels, which will build the Hilton brand.
The hotel will sit on the far corner of the property off Tyler Road outside Radford. Bethel Elementary School occupied the property until it closed in the late 1990s.
Shah bought the 10 acres from the county about a decade ago and announced at the time a goal to sell a portion of the property for hotels, restaurants or even offices.
Shah’s first project on the property was the construction of the baseball field.
“And we donated it back to the county, which left us with three commercial lots out front,” Hagan said. “So the county then purchased one of the retail lots and we donated the second one, leaving us with one commercial lot. The goal for the county and us was to either get a hotel or restaurant at that site. We finally accomplished that.”
The two lots the county owns outside of the baseball field house the playground and parking.
KM Hotels already owns five hotels across the New River and Roanoke valleys, with a Holiday Inn Express and a Hampton Inn in Dublin.
“We’re just adding a product that’s of a higher tier quality in that market,” KM Hotels principal Mayur Patel said. “We’ve been in the area for years, so we’re very familiar with Southwest Virginia.”