Pop-up hotel planned for Arlington

Drawing shows proposed residential development in the 900 block of South George Mason Drive in Arlington. The developer has asked for permission to use some of the apartments as hotel rooms for the first two years after construction.

It’s becoming a trend: Developers seeking Arlington County Board approval to turn apartment units into hotel rooms as their projects are rented up.

The latest to make the request is the developer of the 365-unit Centro project in the 900 block of South George Mason Drive, who are seeking to use 160 of the units as hotel space for up to two years.

At the end of the two-year period, all units would revert to residential.

As has been the case in several other recent projects, the developer plans to partner with WhyHotel, which operates “pop-up” hotel space while apartment-complex owners work to find residents for all units.

A hearing on the matter is slated for the County Board’s Feb. 26 meeting.


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There was time when mothers stayed at home with their children while the father supported them with ONE job. Things have gotten worse, not better. BTW, 19 kids at a single daycare facility? At $1,000 per child each month, that's $228,000 per year. I'm in the wrong line of business.


Where are all of these hotel-dwellers coming from? And why 2 years?

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