Gallery Court Hotel
The Gallery Court Hotel is a planned 72-room, seven-story boutique hotel at 140 Emmet Street developed by local hotelier Vipul Patel. The site was previously the Excel Inn, which burned down in May 2017,  formerly known as the Gallery Court Motor Hotel at the time of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to Charlottesville in 1963.
The Planning Commission voted 5-2 to approve the permit on September 11, 2018, after deciding that it created an adverse impact on the Route 29 Entrance Corridor and imposing nearly a dozen conditions. City Council voted 4-1 to grant the proposed hotel a Special Use Permit on October 1, 2018, allowing an extra 20' of height for a total of 80', despite opposition from residents of the Lewis Mountain neighborhood organized by former mayor Bitsy Waters.
The hotel is expected to have a cafe (without a kitchen) at street level, a rooftop snack bar for hotel patrons, and a restaurant & conference space on the third floor. A structured parking garage will provide one parking space per room.
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