Here’s a look at drawings depicting a new 50-room boutique hotel that’s proposed for Patton Avenue in the former Bank of America building across from Pritchard Park.
The project plans for The Parisian are those of MRK Property Property Development. The development company, with offices in Asheville, Miami and Charlotte, bought the 1970’s-era office building a few years ago for $2.7 million. The company, which owns the former S&W building adjacent to the bank building, also bought the old Windsor Hotel building on Broadway several years ago and remodeled that into a boutique hotel with ground-floor retail space. The company is now selling units in The Windsor as condos.
Here’s a description of The Parisian from the MRK website:
Three buildings in the heart of Asheville’s historic downtown tourist area combine to make up the Parisian Hotel. MRK is in the process of developing a 50-room, 5-star luxury boutique hotel by assembling and renovating these buildings. Existing architectural plans provide for a 5-star restaurant, event space, meeting rooms, gallery and a full service spa as well as an exercise facility.
In recent meetings with adjacent property owners, the developers are telling folks they want to start renovations next fall.
Downtown Asheville has been a hotbed of new hotel construction over the past couple of years. So far this year, two new hotels have opened – The Hyatt Place on Haywood Street and the Hilton Garden Inn at the corner of College and Charlotte streets. Construction is underway on three others – a Cambria Suites on Page Avenue, an AC Hotel on the corner of Broadway and College streets, and The Arras (the former BB&T).