Courtyard Marriott

This rendering shows a generic Courtyard Marriott property. Provided/Marriott

Two North Charleston commercial buildings that have been surrounded by a growing cluster of hotels near Interstate 26 and Ashley Phosphate Road are set to be replaced by another one.

A Courtyard Marriott is planned on the site of the two buildings on Northside Drive that were occupied by dental offices and by Millie Lewis Models and Talent, according to an application to the Department of Health and Environmental Control for a stormwater permit.

The brick building at 7465 Northside Drive that formerly housed Children’s Dentistry of Charleston and Family Orthodontics of Charleston has been empty a while.

Millie Lewis relocated from the white building at 7475 Northside Drive to Summerville earlier this year.

The hotel is being developed by Solara Investments of Irmo. Solara bought the 1.78-acre site of the former dental offices in February 2015 for $1.4 million, according to Charleston County tax records. 

BOC Hotel Associates, a subsidiary of Solara, bought the 0.8-acre Mille Lewis site in January for $400,000, according to tax records. BOC Hotel Associates is registered to Clancy Cipkala, CEO of Solara Hospitality.

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Information about the number of rooms and opening date could not immediately be obtained Monday. Solara did not respond to a request fr comment.

The proposed site work would not disturb any wetlands, according to DHEC. The period for public comments ended Sunday.

This is the second new hotel started so far this year on Northside Drive, which already has about a half dozen other lodgings. A 102-room TownePlace Suites by Marriott is under construction at 7535 Northside Drive, which was also the site of a former dental office that relocated. That hotel is being developed by NMR Holdings of Aiken, which also owns the SpringHill Suites behind the site at 7535 North Forest Drive.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.