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87-room Foundry Hotel opens in The Block area in downtown AVL
Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:45

From Staff Reports 

The Foundry Hotel,  part of Hilton Worldwide’s Curio collection, opened its doors on Nov. 20 at 51 S. Market St.

It is Asheville’s newest downtown hotel.

Developer David Tart noted that the opening culminated years of rehabilitating three aging buildings once facing likely demolition.

“With this project, I felt like every day we had a significant challenge with buildings that were here 100 years ago,” Tart told the Asheville Citizen Times on opening day. He specifically cited a fix to the existing buildings near South Market Street that had no prior foundation.

“It was hard to ever relax and keep a very close eye on making sure the right decisions were made to preserve the buildings, but also to create the unique guest experience we’re trying to do here,” he told the ACT.

The 87-room luxury boutique hotel connects three contiguous buildings adjoining Eagle, South Market and South Spruce streets.

The hotel is located in The Block, Asheville’s historically black business district. 

The Foundry Hotel features Benne on Eagle, a 100-seat restaurant run by Rhubarb owner and Chef John Fleer/ Other hotel highlights include a 3,500-square-foot lounge, a marketplace offering local retail items and luxury hiking and camping equipment as well as a Tesla Model X House Car to drive guests around downtown.

Tart, who is a partner in Charleston, S.C.-based Encore Lodging, told the ACT that the project came with a degree of “unpredictability.” The site’s previous owner, the nearby Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, had planned to raze the three existing buildings after failing to find a partner to redevelop them.

Tart told the ACT that his company offered a project that blended the area’s industrial history — it is situated on a site once occupied by Asheville Supply & Foundry Co., a steel mill which manufactured steel for the Biltmore Estate — with “warm hospitality.” The site was sold to developers in 2014 for $3.5 million.

In total, the redevelopment effort was expected to cost about $30 million, Tart said.



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