Q. What is the status of the Hilton Garden Inn being built in Carolina Beach next to the Boardwalk? The construction site has been fenced for a couple of years with a sign stating that the hotel is coming, but no activity is evident.
A. Plans are still in place for a hotel to be built at the site just north of the boardwalk. The ownership and hotel brand have changed, however, since the signs were erected.
On Nov. 29, 2011, Carolina Beach Hospitality, LLC, bought the property for $2.5 million from Seaview Properties, LLC.
Ed Parvin, planning and development director for Carolina Beach, said the new owners, an affiliation of Blanchard & Calhoun in Augusta, Ga., approached Carolina Beach officials early in 2012 about the project. In March 2012, a road closure project was approved by Carolina Beach town council. A 170-foot section of Carolina Beach Avenue North must be closed so that developers can combine the oceanfront lot with a parcel on the opposite side of that road.
The Carolina Beach Hospitality plan, available on the Blanchard & Calhoun web site, includes “a 106-room select service Hampton Inn & Suites.” That is significantly fewer rooms than the 199 rooms the Hilton had been approved for.
The Blanchard & Calhoun website, which includes illustrations of a structure at least eight stories high, says: “The hotel will provide a full service breakfast, ample meeting space, outdoor pool with sundeck, fitness center, business center, guest laundry room, and beach access.”
The site also said the project was expected to open in July 2013. That date has been pushed back, a company spokesperson said, but construction on the project is expected to begin “mid to late” 2013.
Parvin also said he has no additional news on the proposed Harris Teeter grocery store that has been planned for years but hasn’t materialized.
He said the company is still negotiating to purchase a parcel of land it would need to construct the store.
“As far as I know, that’s still holding them up,” he said.
Date posted: January 8, 2013
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