150-bedroom hotel planned for Morrison Yard development under review | Business
A proposed 150-room hotel as part of a larger commercial and residential development on Charleston’s Upper Peninsula is being considered by the city this week.
Accommodation would be at 860 Morrison Drive next to Morrison Court, a 12-story office building under construction. It needs a special exception from the Zoning Appeal Board go forward.
The plans show a cafe and a hall on the first floor. The second level would have meeting space, and the third through eighth levels would be occupied by guest bedrooms, according to the plans. The ninth level shows a roof terrace, a swimming pool and a dining room.
The submission also shows a basement level with parking spaces.
Owner Original development partners works with the Roswell, Ga.-based company. DSM real estate partners on the proposed hotel.
Past projects for DSM include Hotel Bella Gracea 50-room boutique hotel on Calhoun Street that recently changed hands for $27.3 million.
The Board of Zoning Appeals will hear the Morrison Yard hotel application at its next meeting at 5:15 p.m. on May 17.
All hotel projects in Charleston are required to obtain special exception approvals. A few years ago, the city passed new rules that add to the criteria that new homes must meet to get a “yes” to the special exception.
A requirement that developers must demonstrate that their projects contribute to a “diverse mixed-use neighborhood”. In its bid to the city, the Morrison Drive Hotel is described as “part of the overall master plan for Morrison Yards”, a mixed-use complex which when completed will include office, retail and residential rental accommodation .
The hotel portion would be just north of the Morrison Yard office building with a drop-off entrance on Morrison Drive, according to plans.
The whole site is near the base of the Ravenel Bridge and is further north than any existing hotel on the peninsula.
Plans sent to the city do not specify the branding of the property and refer to it as the “Morrison Yard Hotel”.
Three Charleston hotels have been named among the best in the United States on an annual ranking based on reviews and rankings on the site Tripadvisor.
the 2022 Travellers’ Choice Awardsannounced last week, put the French Quarter Inn at No. 12 on the list of the best accommodations in the country. The Church Street property near the historic center city market is a mainstay on the list and last year ranked even higher at No. 4.
the HarbourView hostelwhich is near Waterfront Park and whose interior was renovated last year, ranked 18th this year.
The viewer on State Street is another repeat of the rankings and was just behind at No. 19, after appearing at No. 25 in 2021.