90-room boutique hotel planned for downtown Chattanooga

90-room boutique hotel planned for downtown Chattanooga

August 29th, 2014 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

A five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel is planned for downtown Chattanooga near the Walnut Street Bridge.

A five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel is planned...

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A five-story, 90-room upscale boutique hotel is planned for downtown Chattanooga near the Walnut Street Bridge.

Chattanooga-based Vision Hospitality Group wants to put the hotel at 102 Walnut St. on the south side of the bridge in the city's art district. That's near the new Walnut Commons apartment complex and the Museum Bluffs condominiums.

"Our vision is to develop a high-end hotel that will become a destination," said Mitch Patel, Vision Hospitality's chief executive, in a statement. "By providing an experience that focuses on all of the senses and provides the highest standards of service, we believe our hotel can become a destination that will be an asset to the entire community."

Plans also include a two level parking garage.

Vision Hospitality would like to open the hotel in 2016.

Rezoning from R-4 to C-3 of the nearly 1-acre site, which currently holds a building that has held a dentist's office in the past, will be sought from city planners.

Over the coming weeks, Patel said he will be meeting with area stakeholders to provide additional details about the planned project and receive input from them.

"It's important to us to be good neighbors. That means open lines of communication and an ongoing conversation that will provide the best hotel the region has ever experienced and enhance the neighborhood that surrounds it," said Patel.

A hotel project that Vision proposed on the site in the past drew opposition from some neighbors, who worried about traffic in the area.

See more in Saturday's Times Free Press.