The massive job of remaking the 19-story tall BB&T office building in downtown Asheville into a building that’s home to new retail space, offices, condos and a boutique hotel cleared its first hurdle Monday. The new complex will be called the Vandre Nouveau Hotel.
The Asheville Technical Review Committee gave its initial go-ahead to plans that will widen sidewalks, eliminate some on-street parking and remake the plaza space at the front of the building, space that fronts Asheville’s city-center Pack Square. The BB&T building is the city’s tallest edifice and largest office building.
The remodeling will require the removal of the entire shell of the building. The renovation of some 200,868 square feet of space will create 133 hotel rooms and 39 residential condos; two new restaurants; retail and office space. (One of the restaurants will be tied to the hotel, and the other will be a separate, private restaurant.) A new three-level parking deck will be built on the space adjacent to the building that is now a surface parking lot.
There will be more details coming, and much more discussion, as these plans work their way through the approval process.