Plans for the Hotel Zero Degrees, a brand that’s already been successful in Stamford and Norwalk, were recently approved by city land-use boards, including the Environmental Impact Commission, according to city land-use officials.
Hal Kurfehs, vice president of Bethel-based Coldwell Banker Commercial, Scalzo Group, said RMS closed on the property last week. RMS purchased the approximately 9-acre lot from WCI Communities for about $1.2 million, he said. The hotel will be across the street from the Regional Hospice of Western Connecticut.
“The new hotel will provide Danbury with the luxurious facilities that top executives expect and will bring the city to the next level of hospitality,” Kurfehs said.
The hotel, according to its website, offers a combination “of Old World hospitality and modern-day amenities.” Plans call for 111 rooms, a 100-seat restaurant and a 120-seat banquet facility.
The hotel is the latest development here by RMS Cos.’ Randy Salvatore, who has invested more than $100 million in the Danbury area in recent years.
The company is close to completing Copper Square, a luxury housing complex on Stony Hill in Bethel that includes more than 130 townhomes and duplex units.
RMS is also recently completed the construction of Mayfair Square, a 70-unit apartment complex near Belimo’s new headquarters on the west side, which was unveiled last month.
“There has been a lot of corporate activity in that area,” Salvatore said. “The city is located just over the New York border and it’s a very attractive option for people.”
Kurfehs said the developer will likely break ground soon on the project.
“They are very aggressive and I don’t see them waiting too long before shovels are in the ground,” he said.
By Dirk Perrefort
Published 6:31 pm, Wednesday, July 29, 2015