A few weeks ago, we here at the menu received a construction bid for a new hotel on the Thornton Rd corridor. The Marriott company was looking for contractors for a 10 story hotel to be located at 901 Bob Arnold Blvd. This is directly on the corner with Thornton Rd just outside the city limits on the east block of the county. The listing given is Courtyard by Marriott, but after some digging we found out the hotel will actually be called Tuscany Hotel by Courtyard at Marriott. Documents indicate that desired construction let date is late 2015. The 10 stories proposed by Marriott will be the largest structure on that side of town, larger than the Country Inn and Suites just down the street. The hotel is also seeking a variance by the county to exempt them from having to build sidewalks and add streetlights. We’ll keep you posted if that variance is granted.
At the same time that Marriott is seeking a variance on their property, another hotel is seeking one as well. This will be located on the adjacent property at 907 Bob Arnold Blvd. This is right next to the current Candlewood Suites that was recently built. This hotel is listed as My Place Extended Stay hotel. Currently there are no other locations in Georgia for this chain of hotels. The variance they are seeking is to be an extra floor higher than the other hotels on that street. No word on a construction timetable for this particular hotel, but our assumption is that construction will begin shortly after issues with the county are resolved.
On a related note, The Courtyard by Marriott that was just down the street at 950 Bob Arnold Blvd that closed recently has construction fencing around it. At this time there is no info on that property as far as a buyer, or who has taken over the building. We will keep you posted when we find out more.