Hotel design changed in latest Pascalis project plans, Newberry Street no longer involved | Local News


Updated designs for Project Pascalis have been released, with the scale of the planned hotel reduced and the historic downtown Aiken grid kept intact.

The hotel’s design was changed after public input, being reduced to 46 feet in height with four stories instead of the originally planned 55-foot, five-story building.

This rendering of the hotel’s original design for the Pascalis project shows community contributions, which led Raines to make changes to the design. (Credit/Raines)

Raines Development, the designer, estimates that they will invest $25 million to design the hotel, which will still have 100 rooms. It is proposed to construct the building on the former site of the Aiken Hotel after the demolition of this structure.

Additionally, plans to extend the project into Newberry Street have been scrapped, meaning the street will continue to be open to two-way traffic and parking.

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The new plans were posted on the Aiken Municipal Development Commission website this weekend.

These changes come ahead of a scheduled Tuesday drop-in session where residents can view the latest designs and leave cards with comments in a corresponding box with each image.

The session will take place at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St. SW, from 5-7 p.m. It is organized by the Aiken Downtown Development Association.

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Comments received will be recorded and published on the ADDA and/or the Aiken Municipal Development Commission‘s for the public to see, according to Haley Knight, executive director of ADDA.

Raines Development architect Stephen Overcash and project manager Brandon Graham will be present on Tuesday, along with Tim O’Briant, Aiken’s director of economic development and executive director of the Aiken Municipal Development Commission.

The Pascalis project footprint is bounded by Laurens Street, Richland Avenue, Newberry Street and Park Avenue, with plans to build a hotel, apartments, parking lot and conference centre.

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The proposed apartments and parking garage would be located at the corner of Newberry Street and Richland Avenue.

The potential conference center would be housed in the former Aiken Municipal Building on Park Avenue.

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