A hotel complex planned for the growing Nexton mixed-use development will provide a much-needed conference center for the Summerville area, according to the developer.
Lowcountry Hotels plans to build the 10,000-square-foot meeting amenity along with a Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites in Nexton, the company announced Thursday.
Nexton is outside of Summerville east of U.S. Interstate 26. The town of Summerville was going to build its own conference center a few years ago, but it dropped the project after opposition from preservationists concerned about changing the character of the historic district.
"I think our location will be perfect for it," said Dan Blumenstock, director of hotels at Charleston-based Lowcountry Hotels.
The two hotels and conference center will be built on Sigma Drive, he said. The purchase price for 5.9 acres was $2.376 million in a deal that closed this week, according to Berkeley County property records.
The lodgings will have 250 combined rooms. Construction is expected to start by the end of the year, with opening planned for 2019.
“There is no question Nexton is ideally situated with leading businesses and local attractions," Scott Fennell, president of Lowcountry Hotels, said in a statement. “Our conference center will be poised as a top hotel/meeting center for locals and out-of-town guests alike.”
Ken Seeger, president of Westrock Land and Development, the company behind Nexton, has been promoting Nexton as the Charleston region’s next job center.
“The addition of these hotels will help serve the growing business clientele of Nexton and surrounding areas as well as provide much-needed conference space in the Summerville area,” he said in a statement Thursday.
Lowcountry Hotels is a division of Fennell Holdings. It also owns and manages the Ansonborough Inn in downtown Charleston, as well as the Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton and Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in North Charleston near the Charleston Area Convention Center.
The company has started work on a Staybridge Suites hotel on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard near the base of the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant.
Its new Nexton lodgings will be near two others. A Courtyard by Marriott opened in 2014, and construction has started on a Residence Inn by Marriott.