Hundreds of hotel rooms are being proposed for the Charleston peninsula. Add seven more to the list.
That’s how many rooms the Andrew Pinckney Inn wants to add in a separate building on North Market Street in the thick of the tourist district, according to documents filed with the city of Charleston.
Shook Associates Architects is requesting a special zoning exception to the city code to allow the extra units on the second floor of 36 N. Market St. above Wild Wing Cafe. The property is owned by Apex Real Property LLC, which is affiliated with the owners of Charleston radio station operator Apex Broadcasting. Apex Real Property bought the Market Street building for $3 million in December, county real estate records show.
A city filing shows the upper-level lodging units would become part of the existing 41-unit Andrew Pinckney Inn, which is spread over two buildings around the corner on Pinckney Street. The inn is operated by Charlestowne Hotels. Wild Wing spokesman Sig Huitt said the restaurant chain is aware of the plans, which he said aren’t expected to adversely affect the operations.
The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at 75 Calhoun St. to take up the request.
It isn’t Apex Real Property’s first foray into the lodging business. The company also owns the parking lot at 5 Guignard St. behind Wild Wing, and plans have been filed with the city to add a four-story, unnamed hotel with 29 rooms on the site.
Two floors of 12 rooms each and an upper floor of five rooms would sit above a 23-space parking level. The city approved the plans last year, according to the Planning Preservation and Sustainability Department.
The plans were submitted in 2010, but the project was held up until the owner worked out details with the city.
It is unclear when construction will begin.
Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524.
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