Historic hospital buildings to be converted into the Blackburn Inn and Spa in Staunton, Va.

A group of investors plans to turn three historic state hospital buildings at The Villages of Staunton in Staunton, Va., into a 102-room boutique hotel, spa and meeting center. The group plans to invest $28 million in the project, called The Blackburn Inn and Spa, in honor of the Virginia architect and builder responsible for construction of most of the old state hospital.

Renovation work will start in the spring, with the hotel and spa due to open in the late summer or fall of 2013, said Stan Manoogian, the Richmond-based merchant banker advising the investment group. Charlestowne Hotels will operate The Blackburn. The company plans to include a fine-dining restaurant, casual dining and meeting space in addition to the spa. A major goal of the hotel, according to Larry Spelts, director of asset management, is to attract weddings and other events.

The Blackburn Inn will compete with the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference center.

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