Summa Development Group proposes Orlando tower with upscale hotel

A South Florida developer seeks city approval to build a 33-story mixed-use tower that would include the Orlando Central Business District's first five-star hotel. Summa Development Group says it plans to open a 228-key luxury convention hotel by late 2023. Read the Orlando Sentinel story here

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IHG Army brings Candlewood Suites to Augusta, Georgia

A new property, the Candlewood Suites on Fort Gordon, has just launched in Augusta, Georgia. We find out more about the popular brand’s largest hotel to date. Read the TopHotelNews story here

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Renovations wrap up at St. Petersburg Pier in Florida

A $92 million renovation of St. Petersburg Pier in Florida has left the property with 44,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space alongside a splash pad, playground and seating areas. Tenants include the St. Petersburg Museum of History, Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, Doc Ford's Rum Bar & Grille, and Pier Teaki. Read the Shopping Center Business story here

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JE Dunn progresses with Charlotte’s first Hyatt Centric boutique hotel

JE Dunn Construction is proceeding apace with a Hyatt Centric hotel project for the upscale Apex SouthPark development in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 135,000-square-foot Hyatt Centric SouthPark will feature 175 rooms and amenities including retail and restaurant on the ground level, bar and pre-function/ballroom on the second level, and fitness and restaurant/bar on the ninth-level rooftop.

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Las Vegas’ Arts District to welcome new boutique hotel

A boutique hotel promising a “modern aesthetic” is under construction in Las Vegas’ Arts District. Development firm ZLife is building Hotel Cloé, a four-story, 74-room project on Coolidge Avenue between Main and First streets. Read the Las Vegas Review-Journal story here

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Debut near for Residence Inn Detroit Farmington Hills

The 111-suite Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Farmington Hills, Michigan is set to open with its upscale, stylish decor that offers flexibility and a unique environment. The all-suite Residence Inn Detroit Farmington Hills will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Hamilton Hospitality Inc. and managed by Group 10 Management of Southfield, Michigan. Read the Travel Daily News International story here

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Officials in Conway, NH, mull mixed-use proposal

The Conway Planning Board is to resume full site-plan review on a plan to demolish the closed Junge’s Motel tdo construct a 22,808-square foot, three-story, 114-room hotel, a 5,800-square foot restaurant space and a 2,500-square foot building for a bank. Read The Conway Daily Sun story here

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Smokey Bones launches 1st ghost kitchen in Chicago

Smokey Bones reopened all 60 of its restaurants earlier this month and cut the ribbon on its first ghost kitchen in Chicago, which offers items not available on the traditional menu. At the same time it launched the ghost kitchen, Smokey Bones also introduced two delivery-only brands, Wing Experience and the Burger Experience, which prepare food in 15 US restaurants and deliver it via a partnership with Uber Eats. Read the FSR magazine story here

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Development with hotel at Md. mall is approved

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has secured permission from the Montgomery County Planning Board to to add more than 1.59 million square feet of development to its Westfield Montgomery Mall in Maryland. The three-phase plan could eventually involve the addition of 717 apartments, a hotel and 1.7 million square feet of new retail, in addition to other features. Read The Business Journals story here

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Mixed-use project underway in Missouri

Construction has begun on a project in Missouri called Forsyth Pointe. The 1 million-square-foot development will include office towers, street-level retail and a roof-level garden terrace. Read the Commercial Property Executive story here

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