The new AC Hotel at The Township at Colony Park will boast 132 rooms and is estimated to cost $32 million.
The new AC Hotel at The Township at Colony Park will boast 132 rooms and is estimated to cost $32 million.

RIDGELAND — A groundbreaking ceremony was held last week on the site of a new high-end hotel set for Township at Colony Park here that is scheduled to open in 2020.

Clint Herring, president and CEO of Kerioth Corporation, the company developing the hotel, hosted local business and community members to commemorate the official start of construction. 

“We are excited to celebrate the official start of construction on the state’s first AC Hotel alongside city leaders and our entire development team,” Herring said. “We look forward to seeing this project continue to come to life and to introducing the stylish AC Hotel brand to the Jackson/Ridgeland market, which will create a unique hotel option for visitors and offer exciting new public spaces for locals to enjoy.”

The guest list included Mayor Gene McGee, executive director of Ridgeland Tourism Commission Chris Chapman, and Bill Bethany, president of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce. Pastor David Hale, Senior Pastor Christ Life Church of the Highlands, offered a prayer before the groundbreaking ceremony.

Aldermen Chuck Gautier, Wesley Hamlin, Brian Ramsey, Bill Lee, Kevin holder and Ken Heard and other city officials were also present.

“The official start of construction on the AC Hotel is another milestone in bringing new life to Ridgeland and The Township at Colony Park,” McGee said. “In addition to ushering in a new era at this lively community, the project will make The Township an even more attractive place to visit, work and live.” 

The site will include an AC Hotel by Marriott and adjacent companion restaurant. 

Chapman said that this hotel is a welcome addition to the Ridgeland “hospitality family.” 

“People have decried our community as scenic, friendly, safe, and on the move and we think this is a part of that. This is a first for our community and state and we think this contributes to the City’s reputation as the central Mississippi Boutique destination,” Chapman said.

She then joked that traversing the construction site was difficult in her heals.

“Eighteen months from now you will be able to walk on beautiful new granite floor,” Herring quipped in response.

McKibbon Hospitality, headquartered in Tampa, Fla., has been selected to operate the hotel. 

Lauren Bowles with Mckibbon said that the $31 million combined hotel and restaurant are being built at 221 Township Avenue in Ridgeland’s The Township at Colony Park. 

The AC Hotel will be the fourth hotel in The Township at Colony Park and is slated to open in the fall of 2020. 

Designed by Barron Studio Architects, AC Hotel The Township at Colony Park will feature sleek, sophisticated European-inspired aesthetics and an upscale, urban-inspired design. AC Hotels are designed to offer creative communal spaces for collaboration and socialization. The AC Hotel amenities include the AC Lounge, which is known as the focal point of the hotel offering craft beers, signature cocktails, specialty wines and tapas food offerings; the AC Kitchen, offering guests a European-style breakfast; the AC Media Salon, a small meeting room designed for collaboration; and the AC Library, an open workspace for guests to gather. 

Herring said that a unique feature of the AC brand hotels is that each hotel features an original design “which is uncommon.”

Herring noted that the AC line is a European brand of Hotels acquired by Marriot in 2011.

“AC Hotels edits away the unnecessary to remove friction, allowing guests to focus on what's important to them,” Bowles said. “Inspired by classic European design, the brand is perfectly suited for the entrepreneurial traveler, featuring simple, clean and crisp lines that create a feeling of harmony and inspire creativity.” 

The Ridgeland property is among dozens of AC Hotels currently approved by Marriott or under construction in the U.S., in addition to the dozens already open. The 5-story, 132-room AC Hotel at The Township at Colony Park is one of 75 AC hotels in the development pipeline. Herring said there are currently about 50 in North America. 

After the groundbreaking, Herring said that the hotel contributed to Kerioth’s mission of “creating special places.” He said it would be a destination in its own right while contributing to the overall goal of the township and the.

‘This is part of our hospitality offering here at the Township. In addition to the hotel this development will bring two more restaurants to the area for people to congregate and fellowship,” Herring said. “”I think it integrates fully into what we are trying to do with the pedestrian-friendly Township. We already have 440 rooms in the Township and this hotel and the one slated for across the street will bring in a little less than 250 more. Add it all up and I think the Township is a destination that represents the best of our community, our city and our state.”