Ever since Marriott International Inc. debuted its first Florida AC Hotel in Miami Beach, plans for more locations have quickly entered South Florida's booming development pipeline. The brand, which caters to business travelers, is snatching up space in valuable tourist spots and corporate neighborhoods across the tri-county area.
A group of Miami developers filed for a construction permit for Aventura's AC hotel in July, which is slated for the Aventura Corporate Center. And this week, plans for another AC Marriott property were approved by Fort Lauderdale's urban planning and zoning board.
The Broward County project will soon move to Fort Lauderdale's city commission for further review, confirmed Fort Lauderdale Urban Planning and Zoning Board Staffer Karlanne Grant.
The 96-page application slates the 10-story, 175-room AC property for Fort Lauderdale's emerging North Beach Village neighborhood along A1A, where other major brands are currently developing hotels.
Planned for a 0.71-acre lot at 3017-3029 Alhambra Street, the AC Marriott would be within a few blocks of the Four Seasons Hotel & Residences coming to 521-529 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., and the Gale Boutique Hotel & Residences Fort Lauderdale Beach, opening at 2900 Riomar St.
The project will not include a restaurant or bar open to the public, but is expected to have a small breakfast area, a lobby lounge and a small retail area, such as a newsstand. There's a 6,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza also slated for the property, fitting into the area's walkablility requirements. About 117 parking spaces were also included.
South Carolina Company OTO Development is the developer, and West Palm Beach's GS4Studios created the renderings for the plan
South Florida Business Journal
A rendering of the AC Hotel proposed in Fort Lauderdale
FORT LAUDERDALE PLANNING AND ZONING