- A developer has long hoped to build a hotel where Kitty O'Shea's is currently located. (Photo: TBD Staff)
Could days be numbered for one of Arlington's last dive bars? Last week, ARLNow spotted a liquor license application for the same address as Kitty O'Shea's, and reported that the existence of the applicant, something called Wilson Tavern, was news to Kitty O'Shea's owner Danny McFadden.
But some form of change for the Kitty O'Shea's property has been in the works for some time, as the property owner, the Schupp Company, has been pursuing a large hotel complex at this site on the 2400 block of Wilson Boulevard since at least 2009.
Arlington County's planning commission has been analyzing the proposed hotel development for the past several months, and will meet again in February to discuss the proposal. The commission's long range planning committee is currently examining whether a hotel is appropriate for the site, which existing zoning and land use maps designate for low-rise commercial uses.
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What Wilson Tavern purports to be is still a mystery — no new business or building permits have been filed for the site with Arlington County — but the company that applied for its liquor license, 2403 Wilson Blvd, LLC, has the same Vienna address as the Schupp Company, according to Virginia incorporation records.
We haven't heard back from Raymond Schupp about his plans for Wilson Tavern, just like we've never heard back from him or his attorney about plans for the hotel in the past.
Schupp originally proposed a 12- to 16-story hotel for the site, which is bounded by Wilson Boulevard, North 16th Street, and North Adams Street, but after neighbors voiced concern about a building of that height, the updated proposal now limits the height of the hotel.
The Lyon Village Civic Association voted to oppose the taller hotel in 2009 [PDF]; the developer is now proposing a 75-foot limit on the hotel for the front of the property. The project would also keep the single family residential development on the north side of the site facing North 16th Street.