New hotel planned for Danbury’s west side

DANBURY — A Stamford-based developer who has already invested more than $100 million into the Danbury area has proposed a new boutique hotel on the city’s west side.

The hotel would be the same concept as the Hotel Zero Degrees brand that RMS Cos. have developed in both Stamford and Norwalk, according to Randy Salvatore, the company’s founder.

“There are a lot of great things going on in the Danbury area right now,” said Salvatore, who also recently completed Copper Square, a luxury housing complex on Stony Hill in Bethel that includes more than 130 townhouses and duplex units.

 The company is also less than a month away from completing Mayfair Square, a 70 unit apartment complex located near Belimo’s new headquarters on the city’s west side that 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 its a very attractive option for people.”

The hotel concept, he said, has already proven successful in its other locations. According to the brand’s web site, Hotel Zero Degrees offers, “an ideal combination of old world hospitality and modern-day amenities.”

According to plans filed with the city, the hotel will include 111 rooms, a 100-seat restaurant and a 120-seat banquet facility. Officials said the developer is considering rooftop dining at the hotel.

“We met with them initially about the hotel project last fall and I’m glad to see that they are moving forward with it,” Boughton said. “It’s low impact and a good use of that site.”

The hotel, if approved, would be located across the street from the Regional Hospice and Home Care facility that opened recently on Milestone Road on about nine acres. That land is currently owned by WCI Communities, a development company that had gone bankrupt after starting the Rivington housing project on the west side, which was later sold to Toll Brothers.

Stephen Bull, president of the Greater Danbury Chamber of Commerce, said the hotel should be extremely well received in the area, particularly given the amount of corporate activity including the new Belimo building and Praxair’s recent announcement that they plan to build a new $65 million world headquarters in the city.

“When a senior executive comes to Danbury from Switzerland they will demand a certain level of services in the area,” Bull said. “Because of our very diverse business base in the city we all need diverse amenities to meet their needs.”

Bull said that he’s visited Zero Degrees in Norwalk in the past and was impressed with the facility.

“It was absolutely gorgeous,” he said. “If Stamford has these kind of facilities to service their corporate clients then we need to have them in Danbury, too.”

The investment that RMS is making in the area, he added, likely won’t go unnoticed.

“If an institutional investor like RMS is willing to put that kind of money into our community, it’s a signal to other investors that something is going on here they need to pay attention to,” he said. “Money follows money.”

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