Developer to unveil Calhoun Hotel plans

A rendering of the proposed Calhoun Hotel.

The developer of a long-delayed hotel near the S.C. Aquarium in downtown Charleston is taking its plans before a city board next week.

The proposed 100-room Calhoun Hotel will be part of Starwood Hotels’ new Tribute Portfolio. The five-story lodging will be built near Calhoun and Concord streets. It’s expected to open in 2017.

The hotel developer is Columbus, Ohio-based RockBridge LLC. It bought the land earlier this year for $5.75 million.

The city’s Board of Architectural Review is scheduled to discuss the building plans at a public meeting Sept. 23.

A RockBridge spokeswoman said company executives were not available Thursday. She added that the Charleston project is “so early in the design and development stage, that we have few details at this point that we are able to share.”

The proposed hotel is part of the 10-acre Gadsdenboro Park, formerly known as Concord Park, a partially completed mixed-use project that was pushed back by the recession.

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In 2007, the city sold 3.5 acres of the downtown property to developers for $16 million.

The first structure to be completed was an office building at 25 Calhoun St. that opened in 2011. Nearly three dozen condominiums, as well as senior housing, also are planned for the site. A hotel has always been part of the development.

“My understanding of it is that this project, along with everything else that borders Gadsdenboro Park, is part of a longstanding master plan that the city has been working on for years,” said Jacob Lindsey, the city’s director of planning, preservation and sustainability. “And it really fulfills our development vision for this part of the city with the ... Gadsdenboro Park as well as all the development that accompanies it.”

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