Demolition of Williamsburg Super 8 begins

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Crews used heavy equipment to begin demolishing the Super 8 Wednesday morning. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)
Crews used heavy equipment to begin demolishing the Super 8 Wednesday morning. (Andrew Harris/WYDaily)

A fixture of downtown Williamsburg will soon be reduced to rubble.

The demolition of the city-owned Super 8 motel began Wednesday morning, according to Economic Development Director Michele Dewitt.

The Super 8, located at 1233 Richmond Road, was constructed in 1963 and purchased by the city in August

City Council unanimously agreed to spend $3 million from the Fiscal 2017 Sales Tax Budget to buy the property and demolish the existing motel. The motel closed on Aug. 22.

The City purchased the motel with the intent to sell the property and the Williamsburg Economic Development Authority is currently accepting letters of interest from prospective developers. The EDA held a meeting on Dec. 14 to discuss the sale of the site.

Letters of interest are expected to include a detailed project description, implementation plan and schedule, purchase price, project staff resumes, and required project participation by the city.

Letters of interest are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 30, 2017. All submissions will remain confidential and the EDA will review responses in a closed session on Feb. 8, 2017.