DreamCatcher Hotels plans to build a 152-room, eight-story hotel on property adjacent to the Broadmoor Golf Course clubhouse near Asheville Regional Airport. The hotel will also have 12,000 square feet of conference/meeting space and a three-meal restaurant. // Rendering by DreamCatcher Hotels Inc.

Today’s round of questions, my smart-aleck replies and the real answers:

Question: I’ve heard the hotel planned for the Broadmoor Golf Course is on hold because the soil test came back bad. Is this correct? If so, what does the airport plan to do now? Will it still build a hotel on the property somewhere? Or just bag the idea altogether? Also, what did the soil test show? I’m guessing “swamp.”

My answer: My claim to fame at Broadmoor is hitting a tee shot that struck a tree way to the left, sending the ball arcing way up into the sky and then landing slightly behind me. Yes, I hit a tee shot backward. I also had no idea where the ball went until it nearly hit me. This is why I’m not on the senior golf tour. Well, that and an overall lack of skill.

Real answer: While it’s understandable that this question would surface, as the Broadmoor Golf Course is prone to flooding at times, the hotel is still a go, according to Zeke Cooper, president and CEO of DreamCatcher Hotels, which is building the project.

“All is good with the soil within the Broadmoor property,” Cooper told me via email. “Initial geotechnical exploration/reporting was completed last year, with multiple soil borings and examination by a local engineering firm. Nothing out of the ordinary, and the soil is as we and the engineers expected.”

DreamCatcher plans to build a 152-room, eight-story hotel on property adjacent to the Broadmoor Golf Course clubhouse. The hotel will also have 12,000 square feet of conference/meeting space and a three-meal restaurant.

Map and site plan for the proposed DreamCatcher Hotel at the Broadmoor Golf Course, which is owned by the Asheville Regional Airport // DreamCatcher Hotels Inc.

“We are currently deep within the design phases of the project and hope to submit for local review and permits in the coming months,” Cooper said. “Much more to come and expect movement on the site late summer/early fall.”

If you’re a soil geek and want more dirt on the dirt, so to speak, Cooper said a “subsurface investigation was performed to evaluate soil conditions for the project, and found fill, alluvium, and residual soils typical of the area.” By the way, Oxford Languages defines alluvium as “a deposit of clay, silt, sand, and gravel left by flowing streams in a river valley or delta, typically producing fertile soil.”

Enlarged site plan for the eight-story, 152-room hotel adjacent to the Broadmoor Golf Course near the Asheville-Hendersonville Regional Airport // DreamCatcher Hotels Inc.

“According to the geotechnical engineer, the site soils are suitable to support the building and associated roads and parking areas,” Cooper said. “There are no concerns with the soil profile and plan to support the hotel structure.”

Cooper appeared before the Asheville Regional Airport Authority Board at its Nov. 18, 2022 meeting to give an update on the hotel and conference center planned for a site on the Broadmoor Golf Course, which the airport owns. Cooper informed the board that the company was waiting on the geotechnical report on core drillings so the civil engineers could begin work and DreamCatcher could start the permitting process with Henderson County.

The airport bought the golf course in 2021, but airport spokesperson Tina Kinsey said, “The hotel is being developed by DreamCatcher, not the airport.”

Question: Could you look into the over two-year upgrades to I-40 from Exit 50 to Exit 55 that are already experiencing pavement degradation and bridge potholes? Seems like a lot of time, effort and money went into a project that will be lucky to last a year if pavement failures continue.  Pavement breakup is especially evident exiting I-40 onto Sweeten Creek Road from I-40 going East and the onramp from Hendersonville Road to I-40 going West. Also check on the exit ramp I-40 East to US 74 and Fairview.

My answer: I just worry that if they concentrate too much on this stretch, I-26 may not get finished until 2090.

Real answer: Jody Lawrence, assistant construction engineer for the NCDOT’s Asheville office, said this “$22.2 million interstate improvement project between Hendersonville Road (Exit 50) and Porters Cove Road (Exit 55) is scheduled for completion in late May.”

“The project includes drainage improvements to help shed water from the road surface, installation of new guardrail to meet current standards, and a new surface to improve the ride quality and extend the service life of the interstate,” Lawrence said via email.

He did note that the ramp between Sweeten Creek Road and U.S. 74 “will be improved before the N.C. Department of Transportation accepts the project as complete.”

“Last fall, the contractor aggressively attempted to resurface the ramp, but temperatures dropped quicker than anticipated while placing an ultra-thin layer on top,” Lawrence said. “That caused it to separate from the layer below resulting in the need to resurface specific sections.”

The “specific sections” mentioned will “cover the ramps and other locations that need improvement before we accept the final product,” DOT spokesperson David Uchiyama said.

Got a question? Send it to John Boyle at  jboyle@avlwatchdog.org or 828-337-0941.

4 replies on “Answer Man: Hotel at Broadmoor by the airport still a go, or sunk by bad soil test? New I-40 concrete in bad shape already?”

  1. The area DOES flood .. Just like Biltmore Village. I imagine they will build the hotel above a one or two story parking facility like the Grand Bohemian in Biltmore and ALL of the high rise condo’s and hotel along the Myrtle Beach area.

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  2. The positioning of the hotel on the map would be more meaningful if it showed the Hunter car sales and service area. The parking area shown looks like it is for both the hotel and golf course. It looks to be expanded from current size.

    How about showing current map and future map so the changes make sense?

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