EPELBOIM Celebrates Groundbreaking of EVEN® Hotel in Atlanta
EPELBOIM and IHG® (InterContinental Hotels Group) broke ground last month on a new EVEN® Hotel property in Atlanta. An innovative hotel, created with wellness at its core, will open in early 2021 in the Cobb Galleria area of Atlanta, Georgia. Dignitaries, executives and other key players who are instrumental in the upcoming hotel concept attended October 24, 2019, groundbreaking event. The roster of VIPs included: Arik Kono, Regional Vice President of Upscale Development for IHG; Eric Young, president and CEO of Reeves & Young; Jon Kurperus, Project Manager for Claro Development; Lamar Wakefield, President of Wakefield Beasley & Associates; and Noel Epelboim, President and CEO of EPELBOIM.
EPELBOIM has executed a franchise agreement with IHG to develop the second EVEN Hotel in Georgia. The property is conveniently located within walking distance from Cobb Galleria Convention Center, Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center, Cumberland Mall, and adjacent to SunTrust Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) and the booming Battery Atlanta entertainment district.
The new-build hotel continues the expansion of the wellness-focused brand's footprint in the Southeast. The six-story hotel will consist of 133 rooms, 940-square-feet of flexible meeting space, an onsite restaurant and an 1190-square-foot athletic studio. The hotel will also incorporate the brand's in-room fitness elements and a balance of health-conscious and food and beverage options to help guests maintain their wellness lifestyle while traveling away from home.
"We are delighted to continue our long business relationship with IHG, expanding our portfolio with a third EVEN Hotel, demonstrates the continued momentum behind the growing wellness hotel brand and partnership," said Noel Epelboim, president and CEO of EPELBOIM. "Atlanta has seen very strong economic growth in recent years with no signs of stopping. We are ecstatic to finally be breaking ground in this energetic and growing city."
The $26 million development of the EVEN Hotel Atlanta has a franchise agreement executed between EPELBOIM and IHG and will be managed by Real Hospitality Group, ranked in the top 20 for hotel management in the United States. The lender is Stonehill Capital, who provided a $15.5 million construction loan, which was facilitated by Hart Capital Partners out of Dallas, Texas. The hotel will be in part financed through the EB-5 Visa for investors program and is expected to generate over 235.6 jobs in the city. The hotel property will be located at 3380 Overton Park Drive SE, Atlanta, GA 30339.