Homewood Suites planned for downtown Atlanta

Get ready for another crane to go up in downtown Atlanta.

Legacy Property Group, the Atlanta-based builder of many of the buildings around Centennial Olympic Park, is planning to put up a 129-room extended stay Homewood Suites at 331 Marietta Street at the intersection with Baker Street.

The Hilton-branded lodging, which will have 12 floors, will be the first new hotel construction in downtown in six years, its backers say, though other concepts have been speculated. Construction will begin next year. An opening date has not been announced.

Legacy built the most recent downtown lodger, a Hilton Garden Inn across from the Georgia Aquarium, in 2008.

The Homewood Suites will join a number of projects under construction in downtown, including the College Football Hall of Fame and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights.

Hotel construction in Atlanta is beginning to pick up after several years of limited activity during the recession. Projects such as the Hyatt at Villa Christina and the combined Hilton Garden Inn/Homewood Suites in Midtown are bringing more rooms to the metro area.

But it is a far cry from pre-recession construction when the city added a Loews, St. Regis, Mandarin Oriental and Marriott Renaissance. (The Mandarin was previously Rosewood Hotel’s Mansion while the Renaissance originally was a Palomar of San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels.)