The room boom that’s echoing throughout downtown Charleston’s hospitality business is showing no signs of easing.
The peninsula’s hotel inventory added 153 rooms Tuesday when officials marked the reopening of a refurbished property at 250 Spring St. The Holiday Inn Express Charleston Downtown-Ashley River formerly was a Best Western.Here are some other lodging projects proposed in and around the historic district: A 141-room Hilton Garden Inn is rising on 33 Lockwood Dr.A 185-room hotel is planned for the former county library near Marion Square.Midtown’s developers have plans for a 305-room hotel at the southeast corner of King and Spring streets.The ex-Mendel Rivers Federal Building near Marion Square is to be converted into a 161-room lodging.Jupiter Holdings has plans for a 160-room hotel at Meeting and Huger streets.The Kessler Collection is planning a 50-room boutique lodging at Meeting and Wentworth streets.An eight-story, 50-room hotel has been proposed for 141 Calhoun St.A 46-room lodging is proposed for 115-117 Calhoun St.A 41-room hotel called the Spectator was recently announced for 71 State St., near the City Market.
Tara Investments, a Charlotte-based group with ties to the newly opened 120-room Holiday Inn Charleston Historic Downtown at 425 Meeting St., has submitted plans to the city showing a 165-room, five-story hotel on an adjacent property at 415 Meeting St.
That site now houses Burris Liquor Store, an old Texaco station that Clyde Burris and his late wife, Sheila, converted to a beverage shop 45 years ago. It plans to move to the east side of Meeting Street in a new, two-story, 6,000-square-foot store to be built on the corner of Reid Street, Burris said Tuesday.
Anish Patel of Tara Investments said he expects the hotel to open sometime in 2014. He said he expects the area to continue as a strong tourist market.
“The demand in general in the downtown area has been very high,” Patel said.
He said the new Holiday Inn next door has done well since it opened in January. “It’s ramped up real quick,” Patel said.
The proposed lodging joins a parade of new rooms planned for the peninsula. More than 1,500 new hotel rooms are in the works from the Ashley and Cooper rivers north to the Ravenel Bridge.
A flag has not been chosen for Tara’s next Charleston hotel. Patel said it will not be a Holiday Inn.
Once building plans for both projects clear the city approval process, Burris Liquor Store plans to move forward with construction. Burris said he could be in the new site by the end of the year, paving the way for demolition of his existing liquor store.
“This has been a dream of mine,” said Burris, 71, adding that he has wanted to move into a new shop for 20 years. “It will go to my son, Kelly. He is the manager.”
Burris once owned five liquor stores, but he now owns two. He leases out his second store, Rivers and Reynolds Liquors, in North Charleston.