Tennessee-based development company HB98 is attempting to put one of Hilton’s boutique hotels at Henderson Beach Road and Commons Drive West in Destin.
DESTIN — A new boutique hotel could be up and running in Destin by the end of this year.
City of Destin officials confirmed this week that an application to build a Tru by Hilton hotel, originally submitted in July 2019 by Tennessee-based company HB98, is in the final stages of review.
According to the application, the 117-room hotel would be located at the corner of Commons Drive West and Henderson Beach Road. The tract was bought by HB98 in March 2018 for $2.15 million.
"The application (for Tru by Hilton) was received in 2019, so even though the application process has changed a little bit in 2020, it's the same for them because they submitted last year," said City of Destin Principal Planner Lauren Witt. "With any proposed development that wants to come into Destin, it goes through a development review process, with the planning division as the point of contact.“
The city goes through the proposed plans, submits the application to a technical review committee and to outside entities such as utility companies.
“... Once we receive all the reviews from those we'll summarize them and send them to the applicants if there are comments that require re-submittal,” Witt explained.
This is the second time HB98 has tried to get its application approved for the Tru by Hilton at this location.
According to City of Destin records, the initial application was submitted on Aug. 10, 2018. The Land Development Code allows for 60 days to resubmit the required information, so because there was no submission to the city between Nov. 21 of 2018 and June 12 of last year, a new submittal was required.
Crews Development, parent company for HB98, has the Tru by Hilton location in Destin on its website as scheduled for completion by December 2020 and lists it as "under construction." Crews also developed a Tru by Hilton in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Jason Crews, manager for HB98 and head of Crews Development, did not return a call requesting more information on the project.
Witt estimated that HB98 could have a response to its application by the end of the week. The application would then go to the Destin City Council for approval.