GATLINBURG

Developers are planning a new hotel for a vacant lot entering the city from the Spur.

The lot at 131 Parkway, across from the Gatlinburg Package Store, has been empty for years.

Shambhu Inc. acquired the land earlier this year for

$7.7 million.

It’s slated to be a Delta Hotel by Marriott, with 303 guest rooms including 10 suites, according to information released this week.

There have been several proposals for the site, dubbed Gateway Gatlinburg, and the most recent called for a possible mixed use development for the site.

The hotel would sit on about 5.4 acres, according to plans submitted to the city, and Shambhu owns another 1.6 acres that could be used for future development. No plans have been submitted for that property at this point.

A spokesperson for Shambhu didn’t return calls seeking comment for this story, but a release from the design firm said the hotel will celebrate the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.

“The design of Delta Hotels Gatlinburg celebrates local, natural charm as well as the transition through seasonal changes,” said Leslie Schultz, Senior Vice President of Design at Interior Image Group.

“We incorporated a contrast of warm and cool tones and textures, intermixed with pops of exciting color and expansive views, making this a mountainous destination that guests can enjoy year round.”

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress

Contact Jeff at jfarrell@themountainpress.com or Twitter at @jeffmtnpress