Stockton, NJ residents were introduced to the new owner of the Stockton Inn and its ambitious plans to revitalize the 310-year-old property in a typewritten letter that arrived in the mail last month. Within the letter was a link to a five-minute and 42-second video that elaborates on the concept with renderings. (You can view it here. The password is StocktonInn1.)
“The vision for the rebirth of the Stockton Inn lies in a big and bold idea,” the video’s narrator says. “The master plan envisions a recreation of a sense of place that will re-establish a multitude of past and new venues, which will include a full repositioning of the existing inn, maintaining the integrity of the interiors, furnishings, and fine art. This restoration plays a vital role in re-establishing the inn as the place for the village.”
Avon Road Partners is proposing to restore the five existing buildings on the two-acre site at the heart of downtown Stockton and erect two new structures, a 17,000-square foot, three-story hotel with 28 guest rooms on the north side of the property and a 1,500-square foot, two-story “connector” that will link the new building to the existing inn. “In addition, a wellness center is planned for the future, along with an expansion of the guestroom component,” the video says.
But the most sensitive part of the $15-million plan revolves around a proposed 1,000-seat tented amphitheater that would sit at the center of the property, next to the existing outdoor dining area, which will remain. The video refers to the amphitheater as the “centerpiece” for this concept.
“This performing arts center will play an integral role in redefining the Stockton Inn,” the narrator says.
Avon Road Partners is a privately-held venture capital firm. According to a brief biography on its website, the company’s “participated” in more than $1 billion in transactions across the gaming, technology, and real estate sectors. In addition to the inn, it’s also developing the Rock Hill Logistics Center, which will create 1.7 million square feet of e-commerce warehouse space in New York state. Construction is expected to begin this summer. Avon Road Partners estimates the project will cost $200 million.
The inn, according to Avon Road’s video, would reopen as a 100-seat fine-dining restaurant. The 80-seat outdoor area would be reserved for casual dining.
The inn has been closed since July 2017.