The FIRC Group, owners of the Haywood Park Hotel in downtown Asheville, wants to build a 94-room Country Inn & Suites hotel in four buildings at Westgate. The leader of that group is Tony Fraga, who owns the Haywood Park Hotel in downtown Asheville. Fraga is also planning to build a new hotel, a Cambria Suites, at the corner of Page and Battery Park avenues.
Here’s the notice of an initial hearing at Asheville’s Technical Review Committee meeting on July 21:
Country Inn & Suites – Westgate Shopping Center
Planner: Julia Fields, AICP
Current Zoning: RB
Level II Review of a request for the development of a four story, 94 room hotel in four
3-story buildings. The development is located on a 2.37 acre parcel known as 40
Westgate Parkway and PIN 9638-79-4616. The property is owned by FIRC Group,
Inc and the project contact is Tony Fraga.
Asheville is on the verge of hotel building boom, with at least five hotels planned, and a couple more potentially in the works. Here’s the run-down:
-Haywood Street at the intersection of Montford Avenue: This location is the former Three Brothers restaurant site. Demolition of the old restaurant is done and construction should be starting soon. This will be a Hyatt Place hotel, shown above.
-Corner of College Street and South Charlotte Street: The Hilton Garden is a proposed 7-story, 108,220-square-foot hotel. The site is known as 311 College St.
-BB&T building: We learned Wednesday that the plan is for not one, but two, hotels to be built on the BB&T property. The first 120-room hotel will go up at the corner of College and Broadway, where an old parking deck sits now. That will be flagged a AC by Marriott hotel. Once construction is complete, crews will begin renovating the BB&T structure to include a 150-room boutique hotel.
-Corner of Page Avenue and Battery Park Avenue: Tony Fraga, the owner of the Haywood Park Hotel, recently unveiled plans to build a Cambria Suites hotel on the site.
-New hotel at Biltmore Estate: The Biltmore Estate has been slowly working through the process of considering building a second hotel on its property. There’s been no decision made.