April 1, 2008

Hilton Garden Inn Update

191-Room Hilton Garden Inn To Open in 2010
Posted on April 1st, 2008

Say it out loud people, because it’s true; Carolina Beach is getting a Hilton. It feels funny to say the words together…Carolina Beach…Hilton. Unbelievable. The next thing you know, someone will be renovating the old Harbor Masters Restaurant to be open for the summer. (Oh wait, that is happening)

On March 11, the Carolina Beach Town Council approved modifications to the plan for a hotel at the north end of the Boardwalk. The modifications centered on the addition of a conference space that can accommodate a 310-person party. The conference space was the main ingredient that developer Russ Maynard, of Seaview Properties, needed to be approved by the Hilton brand.

Mr. Maynard has an experienced hand to see the project through in Gary Price, an approved Hilton developer and operator. This will be the third Hilton Garden Inn that Mr. Price has built. “I’m glad to be here in Carolina Beach and I’m convinced that this hotel will represent a major turning point for the town,” says Mr. Price.
They’re wasting no time—the permit modification was approved at 10:00pm on a Tuesday night, and by 9:00am Wednesday morning workers were already preparing the buildings on the site for demolition. The Seaview Motel and King’s Beachwear building (at the intersection of Harper Avenue, Canal Drive and Carolina Beach Avenue North) will be gone in early April. Construction is scheduled to begin on April 15 and the re-configuration of the intersection should be finished by Memorial Day weekend.

Seaview Properties spokeswoman Arlene Mancini tells us that they are preparing a groundbreaking ceremony for May 3, to coincide with the unveiling of the Boardwalk Makeover. It should be an exciting weekend. (There’s no word yet on whether or not Paris Hilton will attend the event, but don’t worry, SCM is working on it.)

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