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City Council approves deal for new hotel in Downtown Spartanburg

Monday, February 23

Hotel expected to bring 30,000 annual guests to Downtown Spartanburg


City Council tonight voted unanimously to approve the outline of an incentive agreement for a proposed new upscale hotel development downtown at the corner of West Main Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue. Local businessman George Dean Johnson Jr. and his Spartanburg-based hotel development company, OTO Development, plan to build a hotel that will include at least 100 rooms and represent at least an $20 million investment.


The hotel agreement, which is subject to a second reading by City Council, is a significant development for the city and especially downtown, which already is in the midst of an unparalleled sustained period of business openings and capital investment. More than 40 businesses have opened their doors downtown since January 2013, with several more on schedule to open later this year. More than 100 residential units have opened in the past two years, a period which has seen about $40 million in combined private and public downtown investment. 


The $20-million-plus Johnson/OTO hotel will add significantly to that figure, while filling a major need for more hotel rooms downtown: Spartanburg’s seven downtown corporate headquarters and dozens of other downtown businesses, its seven institutions of higher learning, and the successful efforts of the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau to increasingly recruit conventions, conferences and sports tournaments continues to create more and more demand for downtown lodging. Indeed, visitors to Spartanburg have increasingly been forced to find rooms elsewhere with only the 250-room Spartanburg Marriott located downtown. OTO officials predict their hotel will bring at least 30,000 annual guests to the heart of downtown, just steps away from Morgan Square and dozens of restaurants, shops, galleries, bars and nightspots. The annual economic impact of the hotel is expected to reach into the millions.


Pending final approval from City Council, OTO officials are expected to release more details about the project, including the brand and architectural renderings, in the coming weeks.


For more from the meeting, see our full video and roundup of live tweets below