Downtown Holiday Inn changing hands, names, and getting bigger (update: BAR approves expansion)

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Update October 19:

According to a post in today's Charleston City Paper, the Board of Architectural Review has given the green light to the 29,000 sq. ft. expansion of the current Holiday Inn hotel at the corner of Meeting and Calhoun.

In addition, the BAR also gave preliminary approval to a new five-story hotel at the corner of Meeting and Woolfe streets.

Get the details here.

First reporting:

Looks like the Holiday Inn next to Marion Square at the corner of Calhoun and Meeting streets will soon be no more, to be replaced in name by a "Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Historic District."

New owners are in at the 126-room hotel, too, along with some new amenities, and possibly a new structure. Noble Investment Group also acquired an adjacent lot and entitlements to add 50 hotel guest rooms and 2,500 square feet of meeting space to the existing asset.  

They're also renovating the hotel and hope to have all done in 2011.

You can learn more in this press release and this brief at The Post and Courier.

It seems like back in 2007 I remember first hearing of plans to add a block of rooms to the hotel before everything cooled off in the construction world, and there's still a number of hotel constructions planned around Marion Square.

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