A Kimpton Hotel won’t be coming to Dilworth after all, developers say

The Dilworth site that where a Kimpton hotel had been planned.
The Dilworth site that where a Kimpton hotel had been planned.

Kimpton Hotels won’t be moving forward with a planned second location in Charlotte, which would have been in Dilworth.

The opening for the upscale brand’s first location in uptown – a 217-room glass tower next to Romare Bearden Park – is fast approaching. But the second site, at the corner of East Worthington and Cleveland avenues, is still sitting vacant.

“The owners of the Kimpton Dilworth Hotel project have decided not to proceed with building the hotel,” a Kimpton spokesman said Monday in a brief statement, referring further questions to developer Catellus Group.

The Charlotte-based developer bought the site in 2014 for $2.5 million, after winning rezoning approval for a hotel with up to 130 rooms on the site. Stephen Barker, the head of Catellus group, said an announcement about new plans for the site is planned in the coming months, but declined to offer more details Monday.

Kimpton first announced plans for Charlotte in March 2016, and said both hotels would open in 2017. In January, the company said it was still planning the Dilworth hotel, but didn’t provide any more specifics. The Dilworth hotel was planned to be a six-story, 128-room property, with 4,500 square feet of meeting space, a neighborhood restaurant, outdoor pool, bar and rooftop venue with views of uptown.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo