New hotel underway in SouthPark

A rendering of the planned hotel.
A rendering of the planned hotel.

Development companies Crosland LLC and Allen Tate broke ground Tuesday on a new hotel in SouthPark.

The dual-branded hotel directly behind Sharon Corners Shopping Center will be a Hilton Garden Inn and Homewood Suites. The 3.7-acre site was formerly the site of the Old Town Apartments.

The hotel should be open by late 2016, the companies said in a news release. Allen Tate and Crosland LLC have partnered with hotel operator Chartwell Hospitality on the project.

“We’re excited to break ground on this project, which fills a strong demand for new hotel rooms in the growing SouthPark area,” said Adam Ford, general manager of Crosland, in a statement. “With its close proximity to SouthPark mall, businesses and restaurants – as well as easy access to the airport and Uptown – the hotel will attract both business and leisure travelers.”

The hotel will include 110 Homewood Suites rooms and 160 Hilton Garden Inn rooms.

Other amenities include a lounge and bar overlooking a central courtyard and pool, two restaurants, 3,200 square feet of meeting space and a fitness center. Parking will be in a two-level deck.

Allen Tate and John Crosland, the namesake founders of their firms and well-known Charlotte developers, both died recently.

“This project is a testament to the quality organizations of Allen Tate and Crosland,” said Charlotte City Council Member Kenny Smith, a Republican, who represents the area. “The vision of these two organizations will help transform SouthPark for the next 50 years. I only wish Mr. Tate and Mr. Crosland could witness the next phase in this history as they were so instrumental 50 years ago when they invested in this submarket.”

The team working on the project includes Rabun Architects, Crossland Construction, and LandDesign. Hines Capital Partners is an investor.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo