- Published on Wednesday, 26 June 2013 14:52
- Written by Super User
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - The developer planning to build a new oceanfront Hampton Inn and Suites on the Carolina Beach Board updated their website last week listing the project and an opening date of fall 2014.
Developers submitted updated architectural drawings to the Town of Carolina Beach Planning Department earlier this month for the project at 1 Harper Avenue on the northern end of the downtown Boardwalk at the intersection of Harper Avenue and Carolina Beach Avenue North.
Last month Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial, a real estate development and commercial brokerage firm in Augusta, Georgia, sent a letter to the Town saying they are ready to move forward and outlined aspects of the project including a proposal to lease town parking spaces and make other improvements in the area.
Their website states, "A 106-room select service Hampton Inn & Suites that is currently under development and projected to open in Fall 2014. The hotel will provide a full service breakfast, ample meeting space, outdoor pool with sundeck, fitness center, business center, guest laundry room, and beach access. Located at the northern end of Pleasure Island on the shores of a scenic, family-friendly North Carolina beach."
In 2007 a previous development company proposed a Hilton Garden Inn on the same property. That project called for 191 rooms in an 11-story building with a 5,632 square foot conference facility and a 200 seat Sundeck Pavilion restaurant. Last year the new developer indicated to the Planning Department the number of rooms would decrease from 191 to between 90 and 130 rooms and 11 floors or less.
Before this project can move forward the developer will have submit plans for review by the Planning and Zoning Commission where a public hearing will be held. Following that review, the Town Council will require a public hearing before making a final decision.
Those hearing dates will be advertised in advance.