Pack Brothers to help develop Fort Monroe – Smithfield Times
The Smithfield-based Pack Brothers were asked to develop a 500-seat restaurant, a 250-person conference center, a 90-room boutique hotel and a renovated 300-slide marina in historic Fort Monroe.
Gov. Ralph Northam made the announcement on Wednesday after the Fort Monroe authority approved the 40-year ground lease with Pack Brothers Hospitality.
Pack Brothers Hospitality now has the right to develop the southwest edge of the fort designated as the Marina District in its Reimagine Fort Monroe initiative. The Marina District is on the southwest edge of the fort and adjacent to the Chamberlin on Fort Monroe in Hampton.
Pack Brothers Hospitality Directors Randy and Brian Pack, both of Smithfield, are seasoned hospitality operations and development veterans. The Pack brothers own and operate Smithfield Station in Smithfield and The Surry Seafood Company in Surry.
37 North at Fort Monroe is the nickname chosen for the new property and will pay tribute to the location of the fort and pay homage to the region that the Pack brothers have always called home. The waterfront restaurant will redevelop the Old Torpedo Storehouse and Old Cable Tank Building at the Fort, as well as an expansive 15,000 square foot outdoor patio overlooking Hampton Roads Harbor. Guests can enjoy an exciting menu focusing on seafood, steaks and regional dishes. The indoor bar will host over 100 rotating draft beers featuring local and national beers.
A converted historic CAS binding will host an event facility for 250 people and will be complemented by a newly built 90-room boutique hotel. The hotel will not carry a brand flag, but rather will remain an independent property, similar to that of the other two properties in the Packs. This boutique hotel will be built entirely over the water and will offer private balconies with waterfront views from every room.
The marina, currently operated as the Old Point Comfort Marina, will receive a spectacular facelift. During the renovations, all docks will be replaced with new floating docks to include a 1,600 foot concrete super dock that will act as a wave attenuator and replace the failed wooden wave screen. The existing ship store and marina office will be replaced with a new structure to provide an upgraded ship store, a home for the Old Point Comfort Marina Yacht Club, and a pool for marina patrons.
âOn behalf of our family, employees and customers who support our family businesses, Pack Brothers Hospitality is delighted to accept this new challenge of reusing and adaptively reusing Old Point Comfort Marina property,â said Randy Pack. “We recognize the value of this historic property, what it means to the community, and we believe our proposal will become an East Coast resort destination suitable for association with a national monument such as Fort Monroe.”
The ground lease contains a list of contingencies and requirements, including environmental protection provisions and historic preservation commitments that Pack Brothers Hospitality must meet before starting construction on the site.
âFort Monroe is one of the most significant historic sites in our country and the Commonwealth, and must be redeveloped in a way that reflects and preserves this importance,â said Northam. âPack Brothers Hospitality shares our vision and I am delighted to see a Virginia company win this contract. Our administration remains committed to protecting this historic and natural area, expanding access to its recreational activities, and maintaining Fort Monroe as a desirable place to live, work and visit now and for generations to come.
Earlier this year, Governor Northam announced that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) had designated Fort Monroe as a site of remembrance associated with UNESCO’s road to the road project. ‘slave. Fort Monroe shares this distinction with more than 50 other sites and entities related to the history of the transatlantic slave trade.
âIt is essential that as we continue to preserve and reinvent this national monument, we redevelop these sacred grounds as part of historic justice,â said Natural Resources Secretary Matthew J. Strickler. “I look forward to continuing to tell the important stories of Fort Monroe, while creating opportunities for Virginians and visitors to experience its natural beauty.”
âThe Pack Brothers proposal demonstrates that they fully understand the importance of this historic site as well as its potential as a deepwater marina with unobstructed access,â said Glenn Oder, Executive Director of the Fort Monroe Authority. . “This adaptive reuse proposal will meet the high standards of our governance documents and restore Fort Monroe as a historic resort site on Chesapeake Bay.”
Design and licensing is expected to begin immediately, with an opening date slated for spring 2025.