First Canopy hotel for Charlotte pegged for SouthPark site

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Another hotel flag new to Charlotte appears to be on track for a SouthPark opening within the next two years.

Canopy by Hilton is expected to open in early 2020 at 6010 Fairview Road, according to a list of upcoming locations on Canopy's website. The 2.8-acre site, which sits behind Fairview Towers, is part of a larger site approved in 2016 to allow development of a mixed-use project, including a new hotel. Wilmington-based Liberty Healthcare Management is developing a senior-care facility, The Barclay at SouthPark, on an adjacent parcel.

Charlotte-based Tara Investments, which specializes in hotel development, lists the Canopy SouthPark hotel in its portfolio, indicating that it's set to break ground this summer. Tara has developed several hotels across the Southeast, with flags including Hyatt Place, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Hampton Inn and Suites. Elsewhere in Charlotte, Tara developed the Homewood Suites in Ballantyne.

Tara is also seeking to build a Canopy hotel in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, as reported by the Nashville Business Journal, a sister publication of the Charlotte Business Journal.

Hilton Worldwide Holdings (NYSE: HLT) and executives with Tara could not be reached by deadline for more information on the SouthPark Canopy hotel.

Hilton last year opened two flags in SouthPark — a 160-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 110-room Homewood Suites developed by Crosland, Allen Tate and Chartwell Hospitality.

Also in SouthPark, an AC Hotel by Marriott is pegged for the corner of Roxborough and Rexford roads, adjacent to the existing Charlotte Marriott SouthPark. A construction permit by Barringer Construction was recently filed for that site, at 2200 Rexford Road. Charlotte's first AC Hotel in uptown is expected to open next month, according to its website.

Canopy is described by Hilton as a boutique, lifestyle flag. The company lists six hotels in operation — in Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Portland, Oregon; Dallas; Atlanta; and Iceland. Another 16 hotels, including the SouthPark location, are listed as opening over the next three years.

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