A dual-branded Marriott and Residence Inn may fill the last hotel lot that can currently be redeveloped on Jekyll Island.
Dave Curtis, co-managing principal with Leon Weiner and Associates, a construction, development and property management firm based in Wilmington, Del., gave a presentation on the layout and design of the proposed hotel to the Jekyll Island Authority Board meeting on Monday.
Called the Courtyard by Marriot/Residence Inn, Curtis said the combined hotel project is a joint venture with Newcastle Hotels and Resorts.
“We purchased the property from (Texas-based) Trammell Crow where the Ramada Inn used to be and are proposing a 208-room hotel,” Curtis said. “We propose to have a dual-branded hotel with 90 Residence Inn rooms and 118 Courtyard rooms, with shared common amenities. It will be two hotels in one.”
The hotel will be built on the same lot where Trammell Crow announced nearly three years ago that it would spend $88 million to build three hotels with 535 rooms. That deal however, did not come to fruition.
Jessica Scott, a spokeswoman for the Jekyll Island Authority, said Tuesday that in accordance with the Jekyll Island master plan, only a certain amount acreage can be developed.
“For our revitalization plan, we redeveloped what was already developed. There is no knocking down trees,” Scott said. “There is also a very intentional review process that will take place with business owners, residents and conservationists, before the board will vote on the project.”
Hotel construction is slated to start in September 2018 with a completion date expected for spring of 2020.
Weiner and Associates is also working on the Ocean Oaks residential development project, the first new single-family home development in decades on the island.
The hotel will include a 230-space parking lot.