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Raleigh planners approve Residence Inn for Salisbury Street

Posted January 20, 2015

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— Raleigh Planning Commissioners voted Jan. 13 to recommend approval of a site plan that will allow for a new 10-story Residence Inn Hotel in downtown Raleigh.

The proposed Salisbury Street hotel will be 130 feet tall and take up 134,200 square feet. It will be comprised of 176 units and 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, positioned on a .52 acre site.

Before the Planning Commission meeting, the developer -- Summit Hospitality Group, LTD -- met with the Appearance Commission multiple times to respond to suggestions regarding the appearance of the hotel and its conformity to the appearance of nearby buildings.

At the Planning Commission meeting, this fact was acknowledged as a sign of the developer’s positive commitment to the city of Raleigh.

The developer wrapped up a presentation on the hotel with a description of their plans and why they deserved exemptions from regulations which set a maximum height and minimum required off-street parking.

The developer noted that the off street parking issue would be solved through the construction of a “curved path, with a drop off,” a streetscape design that would aid the flow of individuals dropping off those staying at the hotel.

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  • TheBucketWoman Feb 4, 2015

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    There is plentiful parking downtown, even when there are huge events. And this hotel is going to be next door to an enormous parking garage.

  • Brandon White Feb 2, 2015
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    This makes no sense. I don't fault the need for more rooms in Raleigh, but there must be more parking downtown. It is impossible as is to park downtown - don't add a new building like this without parking! Give them the hotel, but no exemption on parking!

  • ncsufan18 Jan 20, 2015

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    Agreed, would have been nice if it was a more modern styled building. I feel like these plain stucco type hotels tend to look pretty jaded after a couple of years.

  • carthoughts Jan 20, 2015

    Did anyone else get a chuckle out of the happy crowd jumping with excitement in the rendering?

  • Lightfoot3 Jan 20, 2015

    Sounds good to me.

  • InTheNo Jan 20, 2015

    Long, long overdue. Finally fans from out of town can come to downtown Raleigh to stay when they are here to see the Hurricanes play over near Cary.

  • idontthinkso5 Jan 20, 2015

    Well needed, but such an ugly building!

  • archmaker Jan 20, 2015

    no EIFS!!! Crowder hasn't been gone that long!

  • SoxFan81 Jan 20, 2015

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    Totally agree. People want downtown to be a destination, but the lack of hotel rooms continues to be a problem. This helps that issue, and gives out-of-towners a less expensive option than Marriott or Sheraton. I'm sure there will be detractors though...

  • ncsuweatherboy Jan 20, 2015

    Well this is good for Downtown. A City our size and visitors have to stay 3 miles away when events are going on. Anytime there is a meeting over at NC State, the hotels are filled.