Upcoming North Carolina hotel joins Hilton's Curio collection

The downtown Asheville Foundry Inn in Asheville, N.C., will be a Hilton hotel.

The property will be a part of Hilton Worldwide's Curio collection. The property will be in the Block, the city’s historic black business district.

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Members of the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission approved plans for construction of the hotel in June. The 92-room hotel at Eagle and South Market streets is expected to open by December 2016.

Encore Lodging of Charleston, South Carolina, the developer, plans to use three existing buildings at 35 Eagle St., 51 South Market St. and 42 South Spruce St., and construct two more up to five stories tall to create the Inn.

The hotel will include a 100-seat restaurant, a 3,500-square-foot lounge with a library and fireplaces, a 3,600-square-foot luxury spa and fitness center and about 3,000 square feet of meeting and event space.

Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church sold the three existing properties to Encore in December for $3.5 million.