Clarion Resort to be torn down to make room for Jekyll Island townhomes
By Roger Bull
January 27, 2015
Carolina Holdings Group.
The Cottages at Jekyll Island will include 123 townhomes and will be built where the former Jekyll Oceanfront Clarion Resort now stands.
Jekyll Oceanfront Clarion Resort closed four years ago. Starting Tuesday, it’s going to be sold piece by piece like one big yard sale.
The resort will be demolished to make room for Cottages at Jekyll Island, the first residential development on the island in about 40 years.
Every item in the resort has been tagged for sale, said Nicole Schlicher, who’s in charge of the sale for Hotel Content Liquidators. That means everything from linens and lamps in the rooms to stoves and pans in the kitchen.
Prices include $99 for a bed complete with linens, $39 for an easy chair and a lamp for $19. Or a complete room with everything including a TV and one of those little coffee makers can be bought for $300.
A TV by itself is $5 but, no, it’s not a flat-screen digital. The pizza oven is $1,799.
The sale continues 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and Schlicher said she expects it to last about 30 days until everything is gone.
The 260-room hotel closed suddenly in 2011. It had been renovated in 2008 with the idea of converting some of the units to condominiums. But sales were slow, and room revenue declined. By 2010, it had the lowest occupancy rate on the island at 34 percent.
It opened in 1971 as the Sand Dollar Motel but had been through various names over the years, including Hilton and Best Western.
The Cottages at Jekyll Island is being developed by Carolina Holdings Group and will have about 120 townhomes on 14 oceanfront acres.
Gary Wadsten, managing partner with Carolina Holdings, calls them “cottage townhomes.” The facades aren’t flat, he said, and none will stand next to one that looks the same.
Prices for the first phase will run from the low-$300s to mid-$400s.
He said he expects to start construction as soon as the demolition of the motel is complete. The first units should be ready by November.
He’s already had hundreds of inquiries and about 100 people have put down paid reservations, he said. But those aren’t binding.
So far, he’s guessing that 35 percent of the buyers are planning to make full-time homes there. The rest will use it as vacation homes or rentals.
Times-Union writer Terry Dickson contributed to this report.
Roger Bull: (904) 359-4296