• 59°

Salisbury can soon boast upscale hotel

By Steve Huffman and Mark Wineka
news@salisburypost.com
An upscale hotel is coming to Salisbury.
Courtyard by Marriott is planning to build a four- or five-story structure off East Innes Street near its intersection with Interstate 85.
A sign at the site indicates the hotel will be built on land cleared to the south of Innes Street, near Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and Blue Bay Seafood.
Ed Zotian, land-use consultant for Arlington Partners II LLC of Winston-Salem, developers of the property, said the hotel will feature at least 90 and perhaps more than 100 rooms.
He said that while initial plans were for the hotel to be four stories, developers are now considering upping it to a five-story structure. Zotian said zoning for the property allows for a five-story hotel.
He said developers will appear before members of the Salisbury City Council Aug. 19 for final plat approval.
After that, Zotian said, he expects construction to begin “very, very quickly.”
He said he couldn’t estimate a cost of the hotel, but said that amount will likely be figured once the city gives its blessing to the property.
Zotian said the hotel site has been approved by officials with Marriott Corp. who, despite a lag in both the local and national economies, are confident the business will fare well.
“It will be a very nice hotel,” Zotian said. “We feel the demand will be there.”
He said the tract on which the property will be built measures about 8 acres and will be divided into two parcels. The hotel will be built on one of those tracts, Zotian said, and a restaurant will be constructed on the other.
He said the developer has narrowed the choice of restaurants “down to three or four.”
Salisbury Mayor Pro Tem Paul Woodson said the hotel’s coming is good for that East Innes Street corridor, which has transformed dramatically over the past five years with the I-85 widening, reconstruction of the interchange and addition of new restaurants and, now, hotels.
Some additions to that area have included a Comfort Suites hotel, Starbucks, Cracker Barrel, Pizza Hut, China Buffet and a couple of small retail centers.
The interchange also will be seeing an extensive landscaping project by the Department of Transportation.
“This will just add to it,” Woodson said of the new hotel’s impact on what has become “a lively corridor.”
Woodson noted that the county’s tourism efforts also will be enhanced with increased revenues from the hotel occupancy tax.

Comments

Comments closed.

BREAKING NEWS

Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide

Education

RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey

News

Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County

College

Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park

Lifestyle

History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County

Business

‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove

Coronavirus

Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations

Education

‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation

Business

Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year

Columns

Ester Marsh: What body type are you?

Nation/World

The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone

Nation/World

Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

Nation/World

US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency

Nation/World

Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs

Nation/World

FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight

Crime

Gastonia man sentenced for crash into restaurant that killed his daughter, daughter-in-law

Nation/World

Some call for charges after video of police shooting 13-year-old in Chicago

Business

State unemployment rate falls to 5.2% in March

Coronavirus

NASCAR approach to virus vaccine varies greatly

News

Judge rejects Cherokee challenge against new casino in Kings Mountain

Elections

Jackson tops NC Senate fundraising; Walker coffers also full

Local

Kiwanis Pancake Festival serves thousands of flapjacks for charity