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Raleigh developer to build hotel downtown

Posted April 17, 2012

— The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday on a developer to build a hotel across the street from the downtown Raleigh Convention Center.

Raleigh-based Summit Hospitality Group Ltd. will build an 11-story Residence Inn by Marriott on a vacant half-acre lot owned by the city at the corner of Salisbury and Lenoir streets. The hotel is expected to have 140 to 154 rooms, retail space on the first floor, a rooftop terrace and parking in a nearby municipal deck and could open in two years.

City officials and the Downtown Raleigh Alliance business group pushed for a hotel on the site to allow the Convention Center to host larger conferences and shows.

If the city cannot negotiate an agreement with Summit, officials said, they would try to work a deal with another Raleigh developer interested in building a hotel there.


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  • dwntwnboy Apr 18, 2012

    It's only a half acre lot folks- how big a building do you think they CAN put there? If we have the need and this can be built and up and running in a couple of years, go for it!! Will only help bring in bigger and better events to the convention center....which was BADLY needed!! The old one was dated and didn't work well, the new one is busy, busy, busy with very few "down" days with no events during the entire year.

  • the genius Apr 18, 2012

    Sorry but this design sucks!!! I hope this is not the final design and does not get approved. It looks just like that terrible Marriott across the street! Why can't they build anything in downtown that is exciting or modern looking? This type of building and size does not belong in downtown at all,maybe by the PNC arena but not in Downtown! We are wasting precious space on these mediocre proposals. Why do Raleigh citizens and councilmen and women settle for so less here? We already missed out on the Edison, Reynolds Tower, Lafayette hotel and messed up on the Marriott so lets not mess this one up please, it would be better to just wait and build something on a larger scale and more modern looking...

  • evanmullinix Apr 18, 2012

    Sounds similar to the Residence Inn in downtown Charlotte. I think it would be an excellent addition. As far as Summit Hospitality goes, I also worked for them for a number of years, and have nothing but praise for them. Details of development deal wouldn't be my area of expertise, but if I were staying at a hotel I would definitely want to see their name on the wall.

  • cwood3 Apr 18, 2012

    Why not build a Hilton or other such "big" hotel instead of a 150+- room hotel? Sounds like the city is controlling the buiding way too much.

    I thought Meeker lost??

  • dbltp2000 Apr 18, 2012

    I used to work for Summitt Hospitality Group. HORRIBLE COMPANY! Many of their business practices are less than admirable. After working in Hospitatlity for over 10 years and seeing the way they do business, I am scared for downtown Raleigh!

  • brotorious Apr 18, 2012

    Quit whining. Wah Wah Wah. The convention center is booked solid for a year out. It takes time to recoup and investment you silly goose.

  • bacchianm Apr 18, 2012

    Instead of being called the "City of Oaks" Raleigh should change it's nickname to the "City of Whiners" according to most of the posts I see on here.

  • Frank Downtown Apr 18, 2012

    Meeker Regime? Ha! You are funny. More hotels within across from the civic center would surely increase the bookings. Its done well. Now we need affordable apartments downtown. Not the current "luxury" apartments that are $1,500 for a one bedroom studio!

  • Fun Apr 18, 2012

    Negotiate an agreement? What kind of agreement? Just sell them the "lot." They can build what they want so long as it meets zoning. Use the proceeds to pay down the debit of the convention center which construction was VOTED DOWN by voter. Yet it was still built by the Meeker Regime, total disregard of the refferendum vote by the citizens. And while they are at it sell the "Mint" restaurant and recoupe the million buck of taxpayer money spend.

  • Weaker Pelosi Apr 18, 2012

    Are we ever going to get another skyscraper to help our pathetic skyline?