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EpiCentre hotel timeline pushed back

Visible at back center is the concrete pad site on the roof of the EpiCentre where the new hotel will be built. It was announced in June 2014 that a hotel will be built at the EpiCentre, in the place where construction began, but was never finished, for high-rise condos. The site for the hotel is a concrete pad where construction stopped.
Visible at back center is the concrete pad site on the roof of the EpiCentre where the new hotel will be built. It was announced in June 2014 that a hotel will be built at the EpiCentre, in the place where construction began, but was never finished, for high-rise condos. The site for the hotel is a concrete pad where construction stopped. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

The timeline for a new, dual-branded hotel tower to be built atop the EpiCentre entertainment complex uptown has been pushed back, and it’s not clear when construction will start.

When the project was announced last year, the developers, Vision Ventures and McKibbon Hotel Group, expected construction to start in January and take about 15 months. Now, the timeline is fuzzier.

“We met with the development team, and the timeline for this property has shifted, which of course is perfectly normal,” Eliza Bostian, a public relations representative for the project, wrote in an email. “We will not have any further information on the development for another couple of months.”

The 20-story hotel tower is planned to include two Marriott brands: A 120-room Residence Inn and a 182-room AC Hotel, geared toward millennials.

Uptown is on the brink of a major hotel boom, with enough new rooms – 1,900 – to boost capacity by 42 percent. But as of now, only one of the planned hotels, the Embassy Suites across from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, is under construction.

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