In 2008, Fraga proposed the redevelopment of the Haywood Park property between Haywood Street and Page Avenue, plans which included a 25-story hotel on Page Avenue.
The plans were dropped later that year.
Fraga said his new plans, which have been downsized, now include a branded hotel and additional parking. A ground-floor segment of the property on the corner of Battery Park and Page Avenue will be rebuilt.
Fraga declined to name the hotel. “We’re in the process of that approval,” he said.
He hopes the project will get under way by the end of the year. “We have to develop plans and everything else, and that takes time, you know. We’ll probably break ground next year.”
The photo above shows the corner of Page and Battery Park that would be the location of the new development. By my count, this makes the fourth new hotel in the works for downtown Asheville:
-There’s the one planned on the former Three Brothers restaurant site on Haywood Street.
-There’s one planned just off Merrimon next to the Exxon/51 Grille. It is said to be a Marriott.
-And there’s one planned on Haywood Street right across from the U.S. Cellular Center by the owner of the Aloft Hotel down on Biltmore.