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AC Hotel by Marriott Planned next to Chase Park Plaza | Central West End

A new AC Hotel by Marriott is slated to break ground this spring on York Avenue in the Central West End.

Led by Andy Holloran of Bozeman, Mont.-based developer HomeBase, the 192-room hotel would be squeezed in just north of Lindell Boulevard next to the Chase Park Plaza. The building that used to house the KPLR studio just behind the York House will come down to make way for the project, and a surface parking lot will be removed.

Holloran is partnering with Sam Koplar of Koplar Properties, which owns the real estate, on the $40 million project. Also partnering with Holloran is Rusty Keeley, CEO of St. Louis-based L. Keeley Construction. 

 As a “select service” hotel, there’s only about 1,000 square feet of meeting space planned and the ground floor will include a common area with a bar and limited-menu restaurant as well as “European-style” breakfast for guests. The neighborhood is what provides the guest amenities, Holloran said.

“We love our location … being in the heart of the Central West End where our guests can walk to 100 bars and restaurants,” he said.

This will be the first project in St. Louis for HomeBase, which has mostly developed projects in Montana. Holloran began visiting St. Louis about 15 years ago when some of his family moved here, and he has since become friends with Keeley, who has partnered with him on other projects.