Thursday, October 13, 2011

Six-story "Grand Wildwoodian" to rise on former site of the Rio Motel

You know that glaringly large, empty lot across from the Wildwood Sign at the foot of the Rio Grande Avenue entrance boulevard - the space that for decades was home to the venerable Rio Motel?

According to Trudi Gilfillian of The Press of Atlantic City, it will soon be vacant no more.

The property was acquired last year by the Morey Organization, which plans to build a six-story hotel called the Grand Wildwoodian. It will merge with the preexisting Starlux Hotel to create one ultra-modern 140-unit entity, in the shadow of the Wildwoods Convention Center.

According to the Press article, the hotel will cost over $10 million and will include a banquet facility, indoor and outdoor pools, and a 124-seat restaurant on the ground floor.

Construction is slated to begin next year, and the hotel may be open by 2013.

The Grand Wildwoodian is being designed by Philadelphia-based architect Richard Stokes, whose numerous projects on the island include the Starlux (opened in 2000 following a dramatic renovation of the original Wingate Motel).

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