As was reported Thursday, the City of Charleston's Planning Commission is having reservations about approving a redrawn hotel zone that would remove 86 properties from the accommodations district.
The rezoning also would allow more rooms at several specific sites:
- 150 rooms on the parking lot at Anson and North Market streets, in an area normally limited to 50 rooms on a parcel. Ansonborough neighborhood residents have opposed the plan, which includes turning a city-owned right of way over to the developer in a move that would convert two parcels into one.
- 175 rooms at 194 Cannon St. and 221 Spring St., as part of a planned-unit development.
- 100 rooms at 510 Meeting St., the site near Lee Street where plans for a 50-room Grace Hotel have been announced.
- 50 rooms in the historic Rice Mill Building near the Charleston City Marina on Lockwood Boulevard.
Plans for the Cannon Street project are already in motion. The developers are asking the Board of Zoning Appeals this week for a special exception for their proposed 175-room project at 194 Cannon. The request is on Tuesday's agenda.
The hotel site also includes 221 Spring St. It’s part of a mixed-unit development that also grants the city right of way to extend Hagood Street past Spring to Cannon.
City Council approved the rezoning to increase the allowable height Jan. 24.
The rezoning amendment listed JEM Management and Calfran Properties as the property owners. The Board of Zoning Appeals request lists T Cal LLC as the owner.
Inn the LEED
The Beach Club at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina at Patriots Point says it's the first hotel in the Charleston area to be awarded the "LEED" certification for energy efficiency.
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating is based on sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
South Carolina Electric & Gas kicked in a $100,000 rebate to help pay for the energy-efficient heating and air-conditioning system, according to Whole Building Systems CEO M. Dennis Knight, whose Charleston company was the energy consultant on the waterfront project
The 92-room Mount Pleasant hotel opened in September.
New to Summerville
Another new hotel is going up near Summerville.
Construction has started at 1657 N. Main St., which is beside the Bi-Lo near Sangaree Parkway. The hotel will be a 107-room Holiday Inn Express, according to Fred Whittle with Jupiter Holdings, which is developing the project as Summerville Hospitality.
Charleston-based Jupiter is involved in numerous projects around the Lowcountry, including a dual-flagged Element and Aloft hotel planned for 600 Meeting St., near the base of the Ravenel Bridge in Charleston.
Two other hotels have been recently announced in that area of Berkeley County, both in the Nexton community across the highway.
Lowcountry Hotels of North Charleston is planning a Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites, while LBA Hospitality of Dothan, Ala., is building a Residence Inn by Marriott.