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The City of Pensacola Approves Sandspur Development’s Plans for a
127-room Hyatt Place that would Connect Directly to the Pensacola
Gulf Coast Regional Airport Terminal

Pensacola, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2010) —The Pensacola City Council has voted (9-1) to approve Sandspur Development’s formal development plan for Airport and 12th, a $24 million project that includes more than 11 acres of office and retail space and a 127-room Hyatt Place hotel that connects directly to the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport Terminal. The plan also includes upscale shops, two restaurants, a financial institution and an anchor office building. Located at the corner of Airport Boulevard and 12th Avenue, the project is expected to employ more than 500 individual tradesmen during construction and more than 235 people upon its completion.
Sandspur Development and architect Brian Spencer of SMB Architecture worked closely with City of Pensacola officials to create a design that is closely aligned with the City’s revised Land Development Code, which aims to impart a more urban context for specifically zoned properties. The plan features elements that will facilitate traffic flow while remaining pedestrian-friendly and offering ample parking for tenants and visitors.  The development team is optimistic that the new design will please area residents and visitors. “We are very excited about this new and improved plan,” said Julian MacQueen, founder and CEO of Innisfree Hotels, “We appreciate the Pensacola City Council taking the time to review this development plan and helping us get one step closer to making this development a reality.  We are confident that the development will make a great impression for those flying into Pensacola. This will help our airport retain it’s position as the region’s leader during these highly competitive times”

Site Plan
Airport and 12th plans also call for tree-lined promenades and avenues designed by Chad Watkins of Watkins, Acy, Strunk Design. “We designed the landscape to be attractive, interesting, bold and sturdy,” Watkins said. “We were able to achieve these goals through the use of varied plants that portray the aesthetic qualities of color, texture, and form for foliage and flower, as well as the use of easy-to-maintain plant masses to complement the scale of the development.” 
To learn more about Airport and 12th, and to see a rendering of the development, visit
Sandspur Development, LLC is an affiliate of Innisfree Hotels, a hotel development and management company based in Pensacola, Florida founded by Julian MacQueen.  

Innisfree Hotels is a professional hotel management and development company currently expanding its portfolio of hotels and commercial properties. The company also provides professional management of full service hotels, limited service hotels, resorts and boutique hotels. Innisfree Hotels operates properties throughout the United States. For more information, visit:


Alison Griffith, Ideawörks
Phone: (850) 434-9095

Also See: Innisfree Hotels, Inc. and Affiliates Sign Franchise Agreement for a 127 room Hyatt Place® at the Pensacola Gulf Coast Regional Airport / June 2009

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