A final block of stone was laid on the front terrace balustrade of downtown Spartanburg’s new AC Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 12.
The act concluded the two-year construction of the $20 million, 10-story hotel, which sits on a 2.5-acre site at 225 W. Main St. across from RJ Rockers brewery at downtown’s western end.
Owned by Spartanburg’s Johnson family, and developed and operated by Spartanburg-based OTO Development, the 114-room hotel will open this week.
“On behalf of the Johnson family and OTO Development, I’d like to thank Robbins & Morton, our general contractor, and Pride Masonry, which put up almost 3,000 individual pieces of stone, over 250,000 bricks—that’s 2.5 million pounds of stone—on the outside of this building,” said Bruce Collins, regional director of development for OTO, during a ceremony on Tuesday.
“That was a monumental task by everybody and we’re celebrating the setting of our last stone,” Collins added. “That completes the project.”
Construction of the hotel began in October 2015 with the demolition of the former Event Rentals building that previously occupied the site.
Throughout late 2015 and the first half of 2016, the groundwork for the hotel was finished.
In June 2016, a 208-foot-tall tower crane was installed at the site to support the construction of the 100,000-square-foot structure.
Spartanburg-based McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture was the architect of record for the project, working in collaboration with David M. Schwarz Architects out of Washington D.C.
Alabama-based Robins & Morton served as the general contractor.
The hotel features the rooftop indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar Level 10 from Greenville’s Rick Erwin Dining Group, an outdoor pool, 24-hour fitness center, and other amenities.
Artwork from The Johnson Collection’s Black Mountain College portfolio was placed throughout the hotel on Monday, Dec. 11.
Three of its meeting rooms, which offer a combined 2,662 square feet of meeting space, are be named after four of the college’s most prominent figures.
The hotel’s carpeting was sourced from Spartanburg-based Milliken & Co.
Level 10 will open in late January, but the AC Lounge located in the lobby of the hotel’s ground floor will open with the hotel. The lounge will feature craft beers from RJ Rockers, cocktails made with liquor from the Spartanburg-based micro-distillery Motte & Sons Bootlegging Co., and small plates of food.
The lobby features a library with books from the Hub City Bookshop & Press, and a market that will sell a variety of locally sourced goodies, including Dottie’s Toffee and Crazy Good Jewelry.
Karen Williams, director of sales for AC Hotel Spartanburg, said the hotel will employ about 50 people. Level 10 will also employ about 50.
Williams said some positions for the hotel’s operation are still available. She said jobseekers for Level 10 should contact Rick Erwin Dining Group.
“So much has happened in the past few days,” Williams said. “It’s all coming together very well. We are experiencing a groundswell of support from the community.”
Since it was first announced in June 2015, local business leaders have continued to tout the hotel’s anticipated economic impact on downtown Spartanburg.
They have credited AC Hotel Spartanburg as a major driver of the momentum that has attracted a spate of new dining and retail establishments, residential units and other development projects to downtown during the past two years.
“We are very excited about the completion and opening of the AC [Hotel] Spartanburg,” said Geordy Johnson, CEO of Spartanburg-based Johnson Development Associates. “We look forward to welcoming guests and hope they will enjoy the experience in this hotel. The AC will bring a very unique set of lodging and entertainment offerings for overnight guests and local visitors. Additionally, we remain excited about the impact on downtown Spartanburg and the increased pedestrian foot traffic for our local retail merchants.”