Previously shelved plans for a small hotel in downtown Charleston have been dusted off, tweaked and resubmitted for approval, adding more rooms to the avalanche of lodgings looking at the peninsula.
The owner of the two-story brick building at 79 Wentworth St. between Yo Burrito and the Wentworth Street parking garage wants to build a 32-room, seven-story structure that wraps around behind the three-story building that houses Yo Burrito.
The proposed unnamed hotel, first given conceptual approval by the city in 2009, would include parking on the first level, a pool on the fifth floor and a rooftop tapas bar with covered and open seating, according to plans presented to the city.
The property owner is JRA Family LLC, a firm registered in Ohio to Jeffrey R. Anderson, a real estate agent in Cincinnati. Anderson did not immediately return calls for comment.
Construction could begin in the first quarter of 2014, according to Robbie Marty-Patterson with Neil Stevenson Architects, the Charleston firm designing the building.
The 36,914-square-foot hotel would be just over 78 feet high, within the 80-foot height limit in the area.
The existing building served as a computer graphics and printing company called SASE Ink that moved to Calhoun Street several years ago. The windows at 79 Wentworth are now mostly papered over, and it’s now used as storage space, Marty-Patterson said.
Original hotel plans called for five stories over a parking garage and 36 rooms.
Though the Board of Architectural Review will consider the hotel plans Wednesday, Marty-Patterson said the project was approved four years ago. The owner wants to make sure everyone is familiar with the hotel and its altered design since it’s been so long, she said.
Once it clears regulatory hurdles, the hotel will join a parade of others slated for peninsular Charleston. Nearly 1,500 new rooms are either rising or on the drawing boards from below Market Street to the base of the Ravenel Bridge.
Just this week, crews began knocking down the former Charleston County Library building on King Street to make way for a new 185-room, nine-story hotel. Up the street, the Midtown project with its 305-room hotel won’t be far behind.
Others are scattered throughout the peninsula and in various stages of pre-construction. Several hundred more are proposed across Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant.
Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.
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