After one Design Advice session, the Porter hotel is scheduled to be reviewed by the Design Commission. The 299 room hotel will be part of the Hilton’s Curio Collection, a brand launched in 2014 for independently owned four to five star hotels. The hotel is being developed by The Widewaters Group, with design work by HC Architecture of Atlanta.
The Porter will be 16 stories and 190’ tall. There will be one basement level with a pool, sauna, spa and fitness center. A restaurant, bar, lobby, a market and take out window will be located on the ground floor. A rooftop restaurant is proposed for the top floor.
Since the initial designs presented to the Design Commission the base of the building has been simplified, and a large rooftop sign has been removed. Trespa rain screen panel has been removed from the primary elevation, resulting in a fully glazed facade.
The project site is a vacant 20,400 sq ft lot at SW Second and Jefferson. It is located on the same block as Essex House, a 13 story apartment building built in 1991. A vacant building on the site, last used as offices for Pendleton Woolen Mills, was demolished in July of 2013.
A Type III Design Review was applied for in December 2014, and was determined to be complete on February 2, 2015. A hearing before the Design Commission is currently scheduled for April 2nd.