The old Chamberlin Hotel at Old Point Comfort is located adjacent to Fort Monroe. It is the only civilian building on the Fort and it has been a landmark to mariners since it was built. It is the most outstanding building on the waterfront as you enter Hampton Roads.
The Chamberlain served for years as a destination for steamboat travelers from Baltimore. The hotel currently on the site was constructed in 1926 after the original burned in 1920. The Chamberlin is currently closed and not open to the public
This facility went out of business in the wake of 9-11. It was too much trouble to submit to a security check just to come and have lunch.
Future plans for the hotel (from the website) are below
Unique Quality: The historic Chamberlin Hotel in Phoebus at Fort Monroe is about to be transformed into a retirement community with emphasis on the retired military. It is located in the waterfront community of Phoebus near the Army's Fort Monroe in Hampton, Va.
The hotel, which offers a view of the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and is visible from the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel, was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for about a year and a half. It has been purchased by OPC Hampton LLC, (an investment group formed by the real estate management firm of Drucker & Falk LLC in Newport News) which signed a 50-year ground lease agreement with the Army.
The ground lease was approved through an agreement between the State Historic Preservation Office and the installation commander at Fort Monroe. The agreement allows the Chamberlin to be used as a retirement facility with initial emphasis on independent living. Approval also was granted to construct a building adjacent to the hotel to accommodate assisted living. A three-level parking garage also will be built, with Fort Monroe staff using the third level.
Plans call for 170 independent living apartments, 132 of which will occupy the restored Chamberlin Hotel. There will be 35 assisted living units which will be open to the public though residents of the independent living apartments will have preference.
Projected monthly rents for a spring 2007 opening range from $3,300 for a one-bedroom apartment to more than $4,500 for the largest apartments with the best views. Average rents for a 1,000-square-foot unit will be approximately $3,800/month.
New construction will include a parking deck with 396 spaces, of which 100 will be leased by the Army. Above the parking deck, a new tower with six stories will house the assisted living facility and 38 more independent living units. The renovation and construction work is to begin this summer and take about 20 months to complete. Residents should begin moving in during the spring of 2007.
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