Updated designs for the Pascalis project have been released, reducing the scale of the proposed hotel and keeping downtown Aiken’s historic grid intact.
The hotel’s design was tweaked following public input, reducing to 46 feet tall with four stories instead of the originally planned 5-story 55-foot building.
Raines Development, the designer, estimates they will invest $25 million to build the hotel, which will still have 100 rooms. The building is to be constructed on the site of the former Hotel Aiken after the demolition of the former Hotel Aiken.
Also, plans have been adjusted for the project’s extension into Newberry Street, meaning the street will remain open to two-way traffic and parking.
The new plans were posted to the Aiken Municipal Development Commission’s website this weekend.
These changes come ahead of a scheduled drop-in session on Tuesday, where residents can view the latest designs and leave comment cards in a dedicated box on each image.
The meeting will be held at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. SW from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is hosted by the Aiken Downtown Development Association.
Written feedback received will be recorded and posted on the ADDA and/or the Aiken Municipal Development Commission‘s websites are open to the public, according to Haley Knight, ADDA’s chief executive officer.
Raines Development Architect Stephen Overcash and Project Manager Brandon Graham will be present on Tuesday along with Tim O’Briant, Aiken’s Director of Economic Development and Chief Executive of the Aiken Municipal Development Commission.
The Pascalis Project footprint is bounded by Laurens Street, Richland Avenue, Newberry Street and Park Avenue, with plans to build a hotel, apartments, parking garage and conference center.
The proposed apartments and parking garage would be located at the corner of Newberry Street and Richland Avenue.
The potential conference center would be housed in the old Aiken Municipal Building on Park Avenue.