AC Hotel planned for BB&T property in Asheville, N.C.

Owners of the BB&T Building in downtown Asheville, N.C., say they will build a 120-room hotel where the building’s parking garage is now, reports the Citizen-Times. After the hotel is completed, work will start to make the main building home to an upscale 150- to 170-room hotel.

That project will include what owner MHG-Tower called an “extensive external redesign” of the BB&T, now a 17-story office building.

The first hotel on the parking deck is said to be an AC Hotel by Marriott, Marriott International's upscale lifestyle brand, whose roots are in Europe.

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MHG-Tower said last August that it planned to redevelop the BB&T property to include a boutique hotel but gave few details. The company is a partnership between Georgia-based McKibbon Hotel Group and longtime building owner Tower Associates.

At least four other downtown hotel proposals are in different stages of development. McKibbon Hotel Group opened Aloft Hotel on Biltmore Avenue in 2012, meaning there would be three McKibbon hotels within just a few blocks of each other when the proposed developments are completed.