McKibbon Hospitality Group officials on Wednesday plan to deliver an update on the project to remake the former BB&T office building into a structure that’s home to luxury condos, a boutique hotel called The Arras and two new restaurants in the building. The meeting, which is not open to the public, will include new details from Posana restaurant owners Peter and Martha Pollay. The couple will be working with hotelier John McKibbon on the two new restaurants.
The redevelopment project is one of the biggest in downtown Asheville. The creation of Pack Place, which turned several old buildings in the heart of downtown into an arts center in the late 1980s/early ’90s, was one. More recently, the former City/County Plaza was remade into Pack Square Park in the mid-2000s to create the amphitheater, water feature and park that exists today.
The old BB&T stands at 18 stories tall and was opened in 1965. The remodeled building has been approved for a mix of:
-133 hotel rooms
-2 new restaurants
Construction is expected to be complete in 2018. Reese Vanderbilt & Associates, the architects on the project, have a gallery posted on their website. They described the project as an “adaptive reuse” that “strives to integrate the building with Asheville’s urban context and maximize the views to the city surroundings.” The building’s new “new exterior skin inspired by the Asheville’s historic art deco buildings.