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Promise Broken for Landmark Hotel Progress

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The promise for progress on an unfinished hotel in downtown Charlottesville looks like it may be an empty one. Work on the Landmark Hotel seems to be delayed because of the lack of construction on a South Carolina property. 

The site in downtown Charlottesville is still not much more than the shell of a hotel and the city says the next steps are really up to the developer.

The sign on the skeleton of the Landmark Hotel still says "Coming Summer 2009." Development has been delayed for years and there's no indication work on the property will pick up any time soon.

"We haven't gotten any requests for permits, so it's in the developers' hands," said Miriam Dickler, spokeswoman for the city of Charlottesville.

Georgia-based developer John Dewberry bought the Landmark property for $6.25 million in June of last year. Construction on the hotel stopped in 2009 after former owner Halsey Minor faced financial problems. Minor ended up declaring personal bankruptcy in May and the fate of the unfinished 10-story hotel isn't looking much better.

Dewberry said work on the Landmark would start once his company's first hotel in Charleston, South Carolina was completed. NBC29 reached out to Dewberry Capital for progress on both properties Monday but did not hear back.

According to The Hook, construction on the Charleston building hasn't even started - dragging out the timeline for the Landmark Hotel even longer.

"It's really at the point where we're just waiting to hear from them about when they're ready to begin," Dickler said.

Dewberry promised progress within a year when he bought the property in June of last year. He also said he expected design and pricing to be done around this time, but those details have not yet surfaced.

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