Saltwater Suites eyes expansion for second Topsail Island location

After opening the doors to Saltwater Suites over Memorial Day weekend, developer Richard Stroupe is one step closer to groundbreaking an expansion project.

Members of the Surf City Planning Board have approved a site plan for the next phase in the 400 block of North New River and North Topsail drives. Plans include 24 condo-style rooms and additional amenities for visitors.

Located at 605 N. Topsail Drive, the beachfront hotel has 24 rooms with kitchens, living rooms, washers, dryers and more. Stroupe previously operated the Loggerhead Inn and Suites in Surf City before making the decision to devote more time to the Saltwater brand. The Carolina Resort Company, LLC and the Harrington family became the new owners.

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The expansion at 412 N. New River Drive will include another 24 rooms. Stroupe said it would be a carbon copy of the first building, with a few new additions. Plans include a large swimming pool, clubhouse and outdoor terrace, which will be used for private events such as weddings and business conferences. They would also like to invite local businesses to offer their products and services at pop-up events at the hotel.

A site plan for the Loggerhead Suites III project has received approval from Surf City officials.

Based on research, Stroupe said the project would be very beneficial to the Topsail region.

“We still believe very strongly that there are a lot of benefits for the region in terms of people and also for visitors who come here,” he said. “In our management of Loggerhead and Saltwater Suites, we continue to see an increase in bookings at both locations.”

Stroupe said other business owners in the area are also having a good tourist season.

“Everyone is very happy with the result this year and so far it’s really good for the rest of the year,” he said. “By the time this opens in 2024, we believe the market will accept the new addition and we won’t have any booking issues.”

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With the agreement of the city’s planning council, the site plans are sent to council members for approval in August. Then Saltwater would have to apply for a building permit. Stroupe is working with engineers and the construction team to finalize the documents.

If inspectors are satisfied in the next few weeks, construction could begin in September. Stroupe said the team is working to avoid problems in the construction market.

“We’ve been storing materials for about six months in anticipation of this,” he said. “We’re ready. We’re trying to hedge our bets against the supply chain issues we encountered at 605 (the first saltwater project). So this time around we’ve been pretreating materials basically from the beginning of the year. This gives us more time to research different offers and talk to other suppliers.”

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If all goes well, Saltwater would like to celebrate another opening over Memorial Day weekend in 2024. In the meantime, Stroupe and company will be busy launching the Saltwater Foundation, a charitable fund to support local charities on Topsail Island and the greater Wilmington area. .

Saltwater plans to donate 5% of its profits, and guests will have the opportunity to name their favorite local nonprofits.

“It allows our staff and clients to give back to the community and build a deeper relationship based on the organizations we are passionate about,” he said. “We are happy about that.”

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