Fewer rooms in Asheville’s tallest hotel

Published on : Thursday, August 4, 2016

AshevilleFewer hotel rooms and an increased number of condominiums would be a part of the tallest hotel in Asheville. Initially, this hotel was the tallest bank building in the region of Asheville, before it was planned to be converted into a hotel.


This project that is taking place in the BB&T building also has a brand new name. City documents state that the 18-story condominium and boutique hotel owned by McKibbon Hospitality is currently known as the Arras. Initially, it was known as the One West Tower and even prior to that, it was referred to as the Vandre Nouveau Hotel.


This hotel would be completed in the spring season of the year 2018.


The Planning and Zoning Commission of the city made a unanimous decision to permit the shift inside the hotel room. However, the final approval should be passed by the City Council. This wonderful project would also comprise a retail space, bar as well as a restaurant.


On 12th January, the project received an approval from the council. Next, an amendment was made to the original approval that mentioned that 39 condominiums and 140 hotel rooms would be present in the project. Therefore, a new approval is the need of the hour in order to alter that decision to the new combination of 54 condominiums and 114 hotel rooms.


When the project was decided at the very beginning, it had been decided to go with 150 hotel rooms and 35 condominiums.


Wes Townsend, the project representative said that the changes were happening because the company refused to do detailed construction until the initial zoning approval came.


The officials of McKibbon have said that the room rates would be in the range of $200.


According to the latest plans, the hotel would have top floors that would consist of penthouse-styled condominiums.


Lauren Bowles, the spokesperson of the company said that the project name would be finally announced the following month along with more details of the project.


Arras is the name of a particular city that is based in northern France. It also implies a kind of tapestry that originates in Flanders.


Townsend said that the last tenants of the building had moved out in July and very soon the internal demolition would commence. He also added that the large glass windows would be removed and in their place, energy-efficient double-pane windows would be installed.


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