A hospitality developer is planning an upscale boutique hotel, along with a market center with meeting space, a spa, and a tap room or coffeehouse, at the former Spencer’s textile mill in Mount Airy.
Those plans could, however, limit what redevelopment could occur on other remaining buildings on the sprawling property, reports the Mount Airy News.
Sunhouse Development Co., an entity including Sunhouse Hospitality LLC, the local owner of the Hampton Inn by Hilton on Rockford Street, is planning the 77-room Historic Spencer’s Mill Inn in the four-story Sparger building on the campus of the textile manufacturing site that shut down in 2007. A market center would occupy part of what’s known as the Cube Building on the campus, behind the Sparger building. The Mount Airy News reports that the Cube contains a large main area, a former dye house and an annex.
Sunhouse’s market center would use the dye house, but not the other portions. According to the Mount Airy News, Bryan Grote, a financial professional and volunteer with Downtown Mount Airy, noted during a recent presentation to City Council that there is the potential to strand the remaining portions of the Cube. The city bought the Spencer’s property in 2014 to aid in redevelopment. The community will continue in the weeks ahead to evaluate the redevelopment prospects for the site.
Earlier ambitions by the Kernersville-based Piedmont Triad Regional Council and Surry Community College to put a culinary institute and workforce development center on the property fell through as multiple applications for grants failed to secure funding.