Hotel proposed for old Cooper River bridge site in Charleston

Commuters on the old Grace Memorial Bridge descend on to the peninsula from Mount Pleasant in 1995.

A five-story, 50-room hotel could rise on upper Meeting Street, where the old Grace Memorial Bridge used to touch down on Charleston’s peninsula.

The Grace Boutique Hotel is proposed for a site between Cooper and Lee streets. It is scheduled to go before the city’s Technical Review Committee on Aug. 6.

Plans show a 5,780-square-foot restaurant, 2,000 square feet of retail space, 41 parking spaces and 56 valet parking spots. The first floor includes a fitness area and breakfast bar.

CN Hotels Inc. said its plans are in the early stages. The project will require approval from the Board of Architectural Review and the Board of Zoning Appeals. Sunju Patel, managing partner of the Greensboro, N.C.-based developer, said the company is “still working out a lot of the details.”

“We’re definitely trying to have a story line to it,” Patel said. “The architect ... will make sure it fits in well with the Charleston history.”

The hotel is being designed by Overcash Demmitt Architects of Charlotte.

Patel also said the developer is looking at ways to incorporate the former Grace Bridge into the Grace hotel. That span and the parallel Silas N. Pearman Bridge were dismantled after the Ravenel Bridge opened 10 years ago this month.

Though hotel development has been booming on the peninsula, Patel said he isn’t worried.

“I think we’ll have enough demand,” he said.

Other real estate projects are in the works for that part of Meeting Street. Two multistory apartment complexes are planned across from the CN Hotels site.

Warren L. Wise of The Post and Courier contributed to this report.

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