Hotel coming to downtown Summerville?

  • Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Town Council took steps toward bringing a boutique hotel to historic downtown Summerville last Wednesday. The location they're considering is a property on S. Cedar Street the Town owns, indicated by the red "x." A parking lot is currently located there.

After a unanimous vote Dec. 18, the Town is taking steps toward bringing a boutique hotel to downtown Summerville.

Town Council called a special meeting last Wednesday to discuss two items, one of which was to enter into executive session to “discuss contractual matters related to an economic development project.”

After returning from executive session, Council voted to authorize Mayor Bill Collins to enter into non-binding negotiations with an interested party that made a proposal to the Town.

Although they did not say what the proposal was regarding, the mayor wrote a column for The Journal Scene last week in which he mentioned the possible development of a town property into a hotel.

He wrote: “The town put out a request for proposals to hotel developers who might be interested in building a boutique hotel in downtown Summerville on property the town purchased along Cedar Street more than a decade ago. We have had discussions with several groups about such a project but only one proposal was submitted by the deadline.”

Town Engineer Russ Cornette confirmed the executive session discussion was related to the Cedar Street property, which is located on S. Cedar Street near the intersection with W. Richardson Avenue in historic downtown Summerville.

If developed into a hotel, the construction could cause major economic expansion in the downtown area.

The vote was unanimous, with Terry Jenkins absent.

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