The plot next to Fayetteville’s Dunkin’ Donuts is shifting directions with an eye on building a hotel. At last Tuesday night’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, a Special Exception Application was laid out to start the process of building a hotel on the 1.81-acre property on North Glynn Street.
“I do think that trying to define the edges of the (Courthouse) Square would help, and this would act as part of a gateway,” said property owner Steve Gulas, himself a former Planning and Zoning commissioner. “This is on the north end of Main Street. As you’re driving south through Fayetteville and you’re coming into the square, I think this would be an improvement to entry into the square. On the west end you’ve got the Chick-fil-A Luau that adds a lot. On the north end this could add a lot.”
Dating back to early 2015, original development plans were focused on a 12,000-square-foot retail center. In March 2017, the plan was for six apartments and retail shops on the site, but the property owner is shifting gears and looking to host a hotel franchise. A four-story Comfort Suites with 63 guest rooms is now the aim of Gulas.
As part of the Main Street Overlay District, it would have to maintain the look of a building built between 1880 and 1920. It would be a nearly all-brick hotel, a first for Fayette County, with other historically-inspired accents.
“There’s a balance here as far as making the building historic,” said Gulas. “You don’t want to go overboard in the sense that you want to make sure you get efficiency in the number of rooms. You want to stay competitive compared to the other hotels.”