The newest hotel addition in downtown Spartanburg is on pace to be completed in fall 2017, according to project officials.
The AC Hotel, a planned 10-story hotel with 114 rooms, an outdoor pool, 2,500-square-feet of flexible meeting space, restaurant and a rooftop bar and terrace, is on track to be completed by its September 2017 projected opening.
Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Development – who is working with OTO Development to construct the hotel – said the hotel is expected to be a key component to downtown Spartanburg’s west end.
“We want to create a community that attracts human talent, and an environment where our children want to live and work. In order to create this type of atmosphere, you need a dynamic urban core,” Johnson said. “We felt that we have a unique capability in the hospitality space that would help accelerate the existing momentum in downtown Spartanburg.”
While the cost of the new hotel was not disclosed, it was recently reported that OTO Development was utilizing $10 million in New Markets Tax Credits from an entity managed by the Greenville Local Development Corp. and Tax Advantage Group LLC.
Officials said the construction of the new facility has “been progressing very well since the inception of the project.
“We recently completed the fourth floor slab and are placing forms for the fifth floor slab,” said Bruce Collins, director of development for the project. “We are continuing with the mechanical, electrical and plumbing work on the basement level, which will move up through the building as the structure continues vertically.”
Construction has been assisted by a 200-foot-tall tower crane that has the capacity to lift 22,500 pounds and has a 175-foot radius. Collins said it is the first time the downtown Spartanburg skyline has seen a tower crane being used since one was used at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in 2004.
Johnson added that the location of the hotel – the west end of downtown Spartanburg otherwise known as the Grain District - has seen a revitalization over the last several years. It is the intent that the new AC Hotel serve as “an anchor” on the west end as the Denny’s building does on the east end of downtown.
“We feel the AC will continue to energize the Grain District while also pushing energy into Morgan Square and up East Main St. into Denny’s Plaza,” Johnson said. “The AC has the ability to activate the Grain District 24/7 given the large number of visitors that we will host. These visitors will undoubtedly spend money with the local merchants, restaurants and bars.”
He added future development of that area may include mixed-use such as housing, office and retail. But, he said the AC Hotel and Denny’s building will be “bookends” that signal “one has ‘arrived’ upon entering Spartanburg’s downtown.”