Another downtown parking lot is about to bite the dust. At the northwest corner of Ivan Allen Boulevard and Luckie Street, catty-corner to the Georgia Aquarium, construction is under way on a new 150-room Hyatt House hotel, an extended-stay concept that officials say will feel like an upscale apartment community, according to a press release.
The project is a joint venture by Chip Patterson and TPG Hospitality, and it joins a slew of construction activity on the western flank of downtown that includes two major tourist attractions. Prior to the Great Recession, plans at this site called for Aquarius, a sleek, cylindrical tower that never came of age. The 500-foot, wind-powered Aquarius hoped to set the bar for green city living in Atlanta.
The Hyatt House concept launched in 2012 and offers more than 50 locations around the country, including an outpost at Cobb Galleria. Officials expect to open the doors downtown in about 16 months, or before the summer tourist season of 2015. The press release makes the lodge seem like one big social bonanza:
"Hyatt House is a distinctive hotel concept that will evolve the extended‐stay model into a social and modern environment where guests feel like residents of an upscale apartment community. Featuring studio and one & two‐bedroom kitchen suites, Hyatt House boasts unexpected amenities and services, including indoor and outdoor social spaces and a living room‐like lounge."
Hyatt House isn't the only new hotel slated for the area. Atlanta-based Legacy Property Group LLC wants to build a 129-room Homewood Suites by Hilton on a small plot fronting Marietta Street (and facing STATS restaurant). Let's hope these projects infuse the burgeoning corridor with more visitor foot traffic and help make Luckie Marietta the bustling district it aims to be.
[Hyatt House rendering via Atlanta Downtown]