Downtown parking deck nears completion as works begins for new hotel and office space

/Downtown parking deck nears completion as works begins for new hotel and office space

Downtown parking deck nears completion as works begins for new hotel and office space

|2019-09-20T11:56:43-04:00September 20th, 2019|

Construction of a downtown Hay Street parking deck overlooking Segra Stadium has never halted in recent weeks, even though at times it may have appeared that way, project manager Jordan Jones said Thursday.

Mayor Mitch Colvin wondered aloud Wednesday what was happening with the deck’s construction.

“I really don’t see any activity, so I’ll ask that question” of city staff, he said.

On Thursday, he said he feels better about the construction progress after speaking with Jones.

The outer shell of the garage is being applied, and work has begun on the Hyatt Place Hotel and office complex that is being built on top of that, said Jones, a principal in Hay Street Development Pad, the company developing the deck.

“The key focus today is on the skin of the garage, the outer envelope — so you have the masonry pieces, you have some perforated metal going in there — aesthetics of the garage,” Jones said.

The deck was supposed to have been completed on or before March 15 of last year, but bad weather and other factors caused delays. The city’s previous agreement with Hay Street Development called for the company to be fined $1,000 a day for each day the project was not finished after that date. But the council decided not to levy fines and instead entered into a new agreement to get the deck built as soon as possible.

Jones said work that may be out of view of people driving by the deck has included plumbing, sewer, elevator shaft digging and intricate brick laying in a small space on the back of the building facing Segra Stadium.

“Of course, the most exciting part is going to be going vertical,” Jones said.

Jones said workers continue to put finishing touches on the five-story garage, as well as lay the infrastructure for the new hotel and seven-story office complex above it.

“We’re putting in the plumbing and the sewer today,” Jones said, pointing out that the pool area for the new Hyatt Place Hotel has been carved out.

In June, the City Council approved a fifth amendment to the contract with Hay Street Development Pad. The amendment increased the cost of the parking deck from $14.5 million to no more than $15.9 million.

Jones cited, among other things, weather delays from hurricanes and increasing prices of steel and concrete for the additional costs.

Some council members initially balked at paying the additional money but relented so as not to halt the project.

Council members said the parking garage is a foundation of an economic engine for downtown and the city. The deck will become the base of a 12-story structure. The upper seven floors will have an office building and the Hyatt Place Hotel.

It’s part of a larger project that saw the conversion of the old Prince Charles Hotel into apartments and the construction of Segra Stadium, home to the Fayetteville Woodpeckers.

The parking spaces themselves will be used by the office space tenants, Hyatt Place Hotel guests and apartment renters in the Prince Charles building. Some spaces will be available to the public, city officials have said.

In the latest agreement, the company is under contract to have the garage completed on or before Oct. 1. Jones acknowledged that they will be cutting it close.

“We are just moving forward as quickly and efficiently as possible,” he said.

He said people should be able to start parking in the first two floors of the deck in late October or early November. Prince Charles renters can park there, as well.

“That is the city’s decision,” Jones said. “The city controls and owns the parking garage, and they get to dictate how people will be using the garage.”

The latest contract says 167 parking spaces will be delivered to the city upon issuance of the temporary certificate of occupancy for the garage, and 250 spaces will be reserved for office uses.

The third through fifth floors of the garage will be temporarily closed to create a safety barrier between where people are parking and the construction overhead on the office and hotel.

The office and hotel projects are expected to be completed in early 2021, Jones said.

The contract requires Hay Street Development Pad to develop seven floors of Class A office space with 105,000 square feet of usable space and 6,000 square feet of retail.

The Prince Charles Hotel project is doing well after being open a couple of months, Jones said.

“We’re 60 percent occupied,” he said. “All of the studios are taken, but there are a lot of two-bedrooms and one-bedrooms left.”

Jones said he expects the Prince Charles Hotel project to be completely leased by February.

He said the restaurants planned for the bottom floor of the Prince Charles will be executing leases in the next couple of days. The restaurants will be announced when the leases are signed, he said.

“We are currently designing the restaurants right now,” Jones said. “We’re finalizing the concepts and the branding right now.”

Space is now being converted on the bottom floor for another location of The Coffee Scene, he said.

“They will likely start operating out of here in November,” Jones said.

Staff writer John Henderson can be reached at [email protected] or 910-486-3596.

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