New downtown Huntsville hotel proposed at VBC parking deck site
Paul Gattis | Alabama Media Group, Birmingham | March 14, 2019 2:49pm
March 13-- Mar. 13--A new hotel proposed for downtown Huntsville may be built on the site of the current Von Braun Center parking deck between Monroe and Church streets.
The city council will consider at Thursday's meeting a proposal to build an Autograph Collection boutique hotel by Marriott that would be erected at the southwest corner of the current city-owned VBC parking deck.
The city is also proposing replacing a portion of the current VBC parking deck with a new public parking structure
The plans were spelled out in a development agreement between the city and hotel developers Ascent Hospitality Management of Buford, Ga., included in the city council agenda released Wednesday afternoon.
The city will demolish the "older portion" of the VBC parking deck along Monroe Street to make room for the new hotel, the agreement said.
The city council must vote to approve the development agreement for the plans to go forward. The council will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at City Hall located at 308 Fountain Circle.
--See the full development agreement the council will consider below.
The hotel developers will purchase about .79 acres from the city for the site across Monroe Street from Propst Arena at an estimated cost of $1.722 million, according to the agreement.
The agreement said the hotel will have 187 rooms over six floors and features will include a rooftop bar, banquet/conference space and a full-service restaurant. The deadline to open the hotel is Dec. 31, 2021.
The city will lease 187 parking spaces in the new parking facility to the hotel developers, according to the agreement.
The portion of the parking deck slated for razing is along Monroe Street. The city will build a new parking deck in its place with the hotel wrapped around the southwest corner, the agreement said.
The city will pay for the removal and restoration of the parking deck as well as public utilities work to accommodate the hotel, according to the agreement.
The project echoes of the downtown master plan approved by the city council last year. An element of the plan was to bring more retail development to the parking deck site -- a possibility that seems more likely with the new hotel.
A Hampton Inn & Suites hotel is also scheduled for construction later this year on the north side of the VBC parking deck at Monroe Street and Clinton Avenue.
If the city council approves the agreement, three new hotels will be in the plans for downtown Huntsville. In addition to the Autograph Collection and Hampton Inn & Suites, a Curio by Hilton hotel is set to begin construction later this year on Jefferson Street. The AC Hotel by Marriott at Williams Avenue and Monroe Street near the VBC is expected to open later this month.