By Jamaal E. O'Neal
Wilmington’s long-anticipated Hotel Indigo development remains on the fast track.
A. Kyle Myers, project manager overseeing the hotel’s construction in the Northern Riverfront Marina and Hotel development along Nutt Street, said Thursday that, pending city approval of site and development plans for the hotel, construction could start by the end of the year.
Newly revised plans call for the 143-room, nine-story hotel to rise on a 1.27-acre block fronting Nutt, Hanover, Front and Brunswick streets, adjacent to the Wilmington Convention Center. The site will also have a two-story structure with 24,800 square feet of retail, restaurant and office space fronting Nutt Street, with surface parking above the retail center that will be accessible via Front Street.
Howard Resnik, a civil engineer with Wilmington-based Coastal Site Design, responsible for designing the project, said the development task force — which includes Winston-Salem-based CJMW Architects — plans to seek Wilmington City Council’s approval during its May 1 meeting on encroachment variances regarding the hotel’s proposed balconies, roof design and other exterior features.
Myers and Resnik said if the variances are granted, developers can finalize engineering and design plans, and solidify the needed permits to move forward with hiring a contractor that would officially break ground on the nearly $20 million, boutique-style hotel.
The hotel’s planned amenities include a first floor restaurant, rooftop venue with food and beverage service, pool and concierge service. Developers plan to complete the hotel project by spring 2014.