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Boutique hotel slated for NCSU's Centennial Campus

Posted July 9

— A boutique 155-room hotel will be built next to Lake Raleigh on North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, officials said Wednesday.

The $28 million hotel, which also will include 7,500 square feet of meeting space, will operate under the Marriott Autograph Collection franchise and is expected to open in 2016.

“This hotel is the latest exciting addition to Centennial Campus," Chancellor Randy Woodson said in a statement. "Not only will it be a place of learning and collaboration but it will also serve as an important amenity for the campus."

N.C. State plans to use the hotel to attract regional, national and international conferences, particularly related to education, science and technology, officials said. The hotel also could enhance the industry, government and academic partnerships for which Centennial Campus is known.

The privately funded hotel will be built by a partnership of Arlington, Va.-based Concord Eastridge Inc. and Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group, two developers with extensive experience in hotel projects. N.C. State will lease the land to the developers, which will own and operate the facility.

Using the Marriott Autograph Collection will give the university and the developers the flexibility to design a property that reflects the N.C. State spirit while leveraging the Marriott brand and reservation system, officials said.

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  • btneast Jul 10, 10:43 a.m.

    There are no hotels immediately adjacent to Centennial meaning visitors have to rent a car to access campus.

    Not having to park a car is the key. Parking is very difficult in that area.

  • carrboroyouth Jul 9, 7:43 p.m.

    On campus?? Seems like that would be disruptive

  • Honesty first Jul 9, 7:27 p.m.

    It will be a rectangle red brick building to represent the NCSU spirit. That was too easy!

  • SaveEnergyMan Jul 9, 6:21 p.m.

    As long as private money is used to build and operate, I have no problems with it. Centennial Campus is a public/private partnership different from main campus. There are no hotels immediately adjacent to Centennial meaning visitors have to rent a car to access campus.

    OK State has a small hotel attached to its student center. Students run the entire thing to learn the hospitality business. Great hands on learning.

  • Frank Downtown Jul 9, 5:13 p.m.

    How many do they need? They are building one on Hillsborough Street, too!

  • Shuffles24 Jul 9, 4:11 p.m.

    NCSU has needed hotels closer to campus for some time, and centennial is much more than just a place of learning for NCSU students, it has well known businesses that attract clients from all over the world that can stay there now and not have to go all the way to downtown.

  • SaysWhoNC Jul 9, 3:29 p.m.

    This is a perfectly good idea. Carolina and Duke both have their own hotels. Why shouldn't NCSU?

  • scubagirl2 Jul 9, 2:41 p.m.

    WHY?

    hotel rooms abound in the area

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jul 9, 1:33 p.m.

    Did someone tell The Umstead's owners?

  • heard-it-all-before Jul 9, 1:01 p.m.

    sign on the door will say "Politicians and Venture Capitalists Only"