New hotel could be coming to the southside of Aiken

Mar. 13—Another hotel could be coming to the south side of Aiken.

The Aiken Planning Commission is expected to consider recommending that Aiken City Council approve a concept plan for a 160-room, four-story hotel at its meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The name of the hotelier is unknown. However, information provided to the Planning Commission includes references to Hampton and Home 2 Suites.

The applicant is Sycamore Aiken LLC.

Sycamore Aiken is a South Carolina limited liability company formed on Oct. 26, 2021. Its registered agent is Aashay Patel of Lexington.

On May 31, 2022, the company purchased two properties totaling 8.01 acres upon which the hotel would be located from Oak Grove Development LLC for $1.95 million.

The properties are located along Ginger Lane.

Ginger Lane is a dirt road connected to Oak Grove Road which lies across Whiskey Road from East Gate Drive.

The Aiken City Council voted unanimously Oct. 7 to approve a request from Sycamore Aiken to annex and zone the properties planned commercial.

The concept plan calls for splitting the 8.01 acres into four parts: 3.08 acres for the hotel, 2.41 acres for an outparcel to be developed later, 1.5 acres for another outparcel to be developed later and 1.02 acres for a stormwater pond.

Development of the outparcels would require approval from the Aiken Planning Commission and Aiken City Council.

The hotel would be 41-feet, 8-inches tall, and 166 parking spaces would surround the hotel. Road access would be provided via a single full movement driveway on Oak Grove Lane. It is also planned the driveway would connect to the Powderhouse Connector. The concept plan also calls for water and sewer service to be extended from Oak Grove Road to the hotel.

If the commission recommends approving the concept plan, the city council could do so at its March 27 and April 10 meetings.

The Planning Commission meeting will be held in the city council chambers of the Municipal Building located at 111 Chesterfield St. S.W. A worksession for the board to clear up lingering questions about items on the agenda will be held at 5 p.m. in Room 315 of the Municipal Building.