Hyatt House is one of two hotels planned for Mallory Green, just north of CarMax. A different developer has plans to build another hotel close to Columbia State Community College. // Photo: MARK COOK
By MATT BLOIS
A North Carolina developer has plans to build a new hotel near Columbia State Community College in Cool Springs.
This project is just the latest in a series of commercial, office and hotel projects planned near Carothers Parkway between McEwen Drive and Liberty Pike.
That mostly undeveloped area measures about one square mile, but several developers have plans to construct more than 1,200 hotel rooms in that area.
Parks Hospitality Group has published plans for a new 135 room Tru by Hilton hotel on its website. The hotel would include a 24/7 market and a modern fitness center.
The property was most recently owned by the Franklin developer South Star, which is involved with several other projects in that area. South Star Knoll Top LLC sold the land for $2.5 million.
South Star hopes to build a mixed use project called Aureum with hundreds of homes, 750,000 square feet of office space and 700 hotel rooms on the southwest corner of McEwen Drive and Carothers Parkway.
On the northeast corner of the same intersection Crescent Communities is building a mixed use development called Bigby. That project will have office space, retail space, apartments and 200 hotel rooms.
The Ohio Developer Goldberg Companies has proposed another project called Huffines Property south of the proposed Aureum development on on Carothers Parkway. That project would include a public park, but also another 170 hotel rooms.
South Star originally planned to build another 250 hotel rooms near the intersection of McEwen Drive and Interstate 65, but now that property is for sale.
The large Ovation development was also originally slated to have hundreds of hotel rooms in the same area. However, the developer filed for bankruptcy last year and construction hasn’t started for most buildings.
The new hotels between McEwen Drive and Liberty Pike come after several other hotel projects in other areas of Cool Springs. In August 2016, the Home Page reported that there were six hotel projects in the works around Cool Springs with hundreds of rooms.
In April 2018, Business Williamson reported that there were 4,800 hotel rooms available county wide and over 1,100 rooms in the construction process.