- Published on Wednesday, 14 May 2014 22:58
- Written by Super User
Crews began work at the site of the Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel project at 1 Harper Avenue on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk last week.
By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
CAROLINA BEACH - Locals have been waiting in anticipation for the Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel project to begin construction. Last week crews began preparing the site with the delivery of heavy equipment.
Developers have been meeting with officials from the Town's Planning Department to go over details such as relocating utility poles and lines, improving parking spaces at a nearby Town parking lot and working through a list of other logistical and permitting issues.
The Carolina Beach Town Council unanimously approved changes to a conditional use permit for the new 100-room oceanfront Hampton Inn and Suites at their January 14th, meeting after lengthy discussion. The Council agreed to waive parking requirements and require the developer to grade a Town-owned gravel parking lot on Canal Drive across from the Town's marina. The project is located at 1 Harper Avenue.
Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial, a real estate development and commercial brokerage firm in Augusta, Georgia, purchased the property from a previous owner who had planned to construct a Hilton Garden Inn at the same location. This site was previously approved for a 191-room 125-foot tall hotel in 2007.
The site has since been sold and is a completely different project.
The proposed structure is 87.5’ feet in height. The footprint of the structure is 22,626 square feet. A pool will be located on the second floor, along with a breakfast café, outside bar area and an outside seating area. The hotel will have direct access to the boardwalk.
Detours will be required along nearby roads during construction to facilitate water, sewer and power line improvements and relocation.
The Town anticipates receiving a timeline for the construction project in the coming weeks. A portion of Carolina Beach Avenue North was closed and deeded to the developer to facilitate the project. The road will be rerouted around the hotel to connect to Canal Drive.