City Council gives the green light for new Starbucks, Taco Bell, hotel in Lynchburg

A new hotel, Starbucks with a drive-thru, and Taco Bell are coming to Lynchburg after City Council approved it at their meeting Tuesday night (Photos: MGN Online, City Council)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The City of Lynchburg has given the go ahead for three new structures in Lynchburg.

A Starbucks with a drive-thru will go on Wards Rd. next to the strip that includes Sweet Frog, Vinny's, and Firehouse Subs.

Council approved the plan unanimously at its meeting Tuesday night so the owner of the lot, which used to be a gas station, can rezone the space for a drive-thru Starbucks to move in.

City Council also gave the green light for a new Taco Bell that will be built on Dandridge Dr. off of Old Forest Rd.

Right now, there are only homes, but council passed the request unanimously to rezone property on Dandridge Dr., near Bojangles, into a Taco Bell.

A company called Tacoma Incorporated bought three lots in order to have it built and they hope to start building in the fall.

City Council also gave the go ahead for a new hotel on Murray Place.

The property owner petitioned to have a 14,016 sq. ft. metal building demolished in order to make way for the new hotel, that is expected to be an Extended Stay.

The new hotel is set to be a seven-story, mixed-use facility, including 101 hotel units and 22 apartment units, with a pool, and associated parking.

It will be located near River Ridge Mall, Liberty University, and the Wards Rd. Commercial Corridor.

There are currently 22 hotels with more than 2,000 rooms in the Greater Lynchburg area.

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