Crane Towers Over Carolina Beach Boardwalk To Build New Hotel

Crane Towers Over Carolina Beach Boardwalk To Build New Hotel Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 20 May 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - Last week crews working to construct a new 100-room oceanfront Hampton Inn and Suites at 1 Harper Avenue in Carolina Beach erected a new addition to the local skyline, a large crane.
The crane is tall enough to facilitate construction of the 87.5 foot tall hotel structure. In comparison, the nearby  Marriot Hotel is 136 feet tall to the top of the green pyramid. The Town of Carolina Beach and Augusta Georgia based developer Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday February 20th, at 1 Harper Avenue for a new oceanfront Hampton Inn and Suites.
With temperatures hovering just below freezing, Town officials, current and former elected officials, representatives of Blanchard and Calhoun and U.S. Representative David Rouzer broke ground with gold colored shovels during a short ceremony.
Many citizens have been waiting for some action to begin on the property after many years planning and multiple owners proposing a new major chain hotel at that location.
This will be the second time a ground breaking has been held at that location for a new hotel project.
A Hilton Garen Inn was approved by the Town in 2007, but never built.
The Carolina Beach Town Council unanimously approved changes to a conditional use permit for a new oceanfront Hampton Inn and Suites last year at their January 14th, 2014 meeting after lengthy discussion. The Council agreed to waive parking requirements and require the developer to grade a Town-owned gravel parking lot on Canal Drive across from the Town's marina.
The building site property is .96 acres located in the CBD. The proposed structure is 87.5’ feet in height. The footprint of the structure is 22,626 square feet. A pool will be located on the second floor, along with a breakfast café, outside bar area and an outside seating area. The hotel will have direct access to the boardwalk.

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