OTO Development announced Monday its plans to build a new 10-story AC Hotel by Marriott in downtown Spartanburg at the corner of West Main Street and South Daniel Morgan Avenue.
It will be the first AC Hotel to open in South Carolina, with an anticipated opening date of September 2017. Another AC Hotel by Marriott, which will open later, was announced for the future Camperdown project – the current Greenville News site – in downtown Greenville.
Once built, the hotel is expected to change the downtown skyline and serve as a “visual beacon and gateway anchor to the west end of downtown Spartanburg,” said Corry Oakes, CEO of OTO Development.
The design of the hotel will blend new and old, said David M. Schwarz, president and CEO of David M. Schwarz Architects. “We took care to ensure that the architectural design and materials of the building exterior emulate a long tradition of historic downtown hotels, blending the new and the old with forms and detailing compatible with the scale, texture and character of downtown Spartanburg,” he said.
The downtown streetscape will be extended to Grove Street, and the hotel is expected to enliven the pedestrian experience with outdoor dining, amenities and landscaping. At the top of the hotel, an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar will provide 360-degree views overlooking Spartanburg. The hotel will bring 35 new jobs into the downtown area between hotel staff and food and beverage venues.
“This hotel will have a tremendous impact on downtown and future development,” said Spartanburg Mayor Junie White.
AC Hotels by Marriott is the company’s newest urban hotel brand, with more than 75 destinations in Europe, “designed to attract millennials who want a sophisticated experience with style, inspired social spaces and technology,” according to the company.
Marriott recently announced it would be expanding the brand in the U.S. The brand’s first U.S. hotel debuted in New Orleans in November 2014. Other locations include New Orleans, Kansas City, Chicago, National Harbor and Miami Beach and Washington D.C., which opened in April. The company said it plans to open more than 50 AC hotels within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.
Demolition of the existing building on the site is slated to begin September 1, 2015.