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Woodspring Suites, 4920 Augusta Road: Fall 2019   2 comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in closing

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I could be wrong about the closing date for this place as the only review site I can find that lists it has reviews only up until 2019. On the other hand, I think I would have noticed that big plastic covered sign by the road before if it had been there for a while.

The thing that immediately strikes me about this location, and which is mentioned in one of those reviews, is that it's hard to get in and out of. There is no light, and if you are coming out of Lexington towards Columbia, there is no way to turn left into the lot. You must go past it and turn around, which in fact I had to do. Likewise, if you are coming out, your only option is to head towards Lexington.

Hotels reflag all the time, so I'm sure this will be back under some other name, probably after some sort of upfit. I don't think they can fix the parking though.

UPDATE 24 September 2020 -- So, from information in the comments, this hotel was sold to the SC DOT to give them room to rework the US-1/I-20 interchange, though that is on hold. The sale was in late December 2019, so presumably the hotel closed earlier than that. I am changing the post title closing date from "Summer 2020" to "Fall 2019". Also, the DOT offered this building as an overflow COVID-19 care facility which thankfully was never used.

Written by ted on September 23rd, 2020

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  1. This is at the I-20 interchange with US Highway 1. I recall reading a while back that SCDOT acquired this property. The thing of it is, the bridge over the interchange has taken a couple of dings in the last couple of years and is getting up there in years and it is my understanding that SCDOT has it on the docket to replace the bridge but I get the impression that they're taking the opportunity to determine if the interchange design itself should be overhauled (should they keep it as is (what they call the no-build alternative) or overhaul it into a SPUI, DDI, traditional diamond or any one of several other notable designs).

    That plus this is along a stretch of I-20 currently being widened...it's already 2 years behind schedule and still has another year to go and I am anticipating the day that the headline "I-20 widening complete; lanes open to traffic" hits the news as I commute along this stretch...

    I agree with the assessment that it is tricky to get to...the lack of a left turn can easily be an inhibition to people getting there...not only that, considering the purpose of a hotel (the target clientele) being people from out of town staying there while in town for any number of reasons (convention, visiting family, vacation, etc.) that are unfamiliar with the area it's not hard to see where it can be problematic. On paper it's a prime location because of it having prominent interstate visibility but the issues with it being tricky to get to make it where it isn't as prominent as it once was.

    Andrew

    24 Sep 20 at 10:08 am

  2. Andrew is correct, this property was sold to the SCDOT for reworking of the I-20 interchange but that was put on hold due to the pandemic.

    This article says that SCDOT paid $8,000,000 for the property which seems like an awful lot for what it is. https://www.thestate.com/news/local/article238749788.html

    Interesting side note, the SCDOT prepped this hotel as a possible "surge site" if Covid cases caused an overflow at area hospitals. Thank goodness they have never had to use it. https://www.thestate.com/news/coronavirus/article241832191.html

    ED

    24 Sep 20 at 12:49 pm

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