Sep
17

New Boutique Hotel Proposed for Charleston

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The developer of a new hotel proposed for a historic corner on Wentworth Street says it’s a much better use of the property than becoming condos or student-dominated housing. Mark Regalbuto will take his case to Charleston’s zoning appeals board Tuesday seeking permission to build a 42-room inn.

The site at 150 Wentworth is where the McAlister-Smith funeral home had operated for decades before moving to the suburbs in 2006. The lot is also where Christopher Gustavus Memminger, secretary of the Confederate treasury, had lived, though his home was torn down long ago.

Regalbuto wants to raze the 50-year-old funeral building and, in its place, erect a 32,000-square feet boutique-style hotel of about three stories. It will include a guest-only spa, 26-seat restaurant and bar. The hurdle is that the lot is zoned residential, meaning a city variance is needed to build the inn.

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