Spartanburg Design Review Board Approves Fairfield Inn & Suites for Downtown

Spartanburg’s newest downtown hotel project is moving forward.

On April 13, the city’s design review committee voted to green light a five-story Fairfield Inn & Suites planned for St. John Street. Members of the board of directors, who have expressed concerns about the previous renderings offered by the developers, were finally won over by a shade of dark blue.

At the Zoom meeting, Iowa-based Hawkeye Hotels offered four options, including a new one that features a royal blue color scheme on the front facade.

“It creates a bit of pop,” developer Nitin Patel told the board. “Obviously we don’t want to do anything too loud, but I think what we’ve come up with here also pays homage to the Fairfield brand.”

In addition to blue, the building’s facade will also feature lighter brick colors, such as white and gray, along its western end.

Read our first story about this hotel:Hotel carousel in Spartanburg: New Fairfield concept emerges downtown as Cambria plan disappears

This option “really hits the head,” said Lauren Rogers, board member. “This option really complements the other properties around it.”

An earlier version of the Fairfield Inn & Suites that was rejected by the design review committee.

The hotel will rise between the George Dean Johnson School of Business and the Montgomery Building, a mixed-use skyscraper that includes restaurants and retailers on the ground floor and apartments above. It will be placed in front of a parking lot.

It would be the third Marriott-owned hotel in downtown Spartanburg, joining the 247-room Marriott built in 2004 on Daniel Morgan Avenue and the 114-room AC Hotel on W. Main Street which opened in 2016 .

This was the fourth time the Fairfield Inn & Suites proposal had gone to the Design Review Committee. After granting preliminary approval of the project in early March, the board raised concerns at its April 6 meeting regarding the color scheme, number of windows, etc.

Ahead of the 4-0 vote approving the project at the last meeting, board member Ricky Richardson thanked the developers for their patience.

“I appreciate everyone who works with us,” he said. “We have standards in downtown Spartanburg, and while we want (the hotel), we want to make sure it’s suitable, making sure it’s welcome, and making sure it’s sustainable.”

Born and raised in Spartanburg, Dustin covers the city of Spartanburg and investigates issues that are occurring in the county and region. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, watching movies, hiking and reading. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @HJDustin_Wyatt

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