Come the end of summer, the skeletal Landmark Hotel on Charlottesville's downtown mall could look different. Construction could be underway in the coming months.
Business owners like David Martin, who owns the Mole Hole, are sick and tired of the large unfinished structure.
"We hear all the time ‘what’s going on with that building?’ You know, it's so ugly,” Martin said.
But soon enough, its appearance could change. Charlottesville neighborhood development services director Jim Tolbert says he believes construction will start at the end of summer 2014.
Tolbert has been in touch with the hotel’s owner, John Dewberry.
"He has indicated that things are moving in Charleston. What he has told everybody since day one is when things got started in Charleston he would start in Charlottesville,” Tolbert said.
Another good sign construction is moving forward is that Tolbert says Dewberry has hired a construction manager.
"He tells me that he has hired a firm to manage the hotels and that his financing is freed up in Charleston and that he has every intention of starting here as soon as he can,” Tolbert said.
For Martin, the construction can't come soon enough.
"Just to hear positive news that it may have resurrected is very good for the city,” he said.
NBC29 did reach out to Dewberry but did not hear back. Construction started on the Landmark in March 2008 and construction stopped in early 2009. Aside from some patchwork, the hotel has sat untouched since then.
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