The Asheville Foundry Inn will be an 87 room luxury hotel located in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. Situated in the area known as The Block, this project will be a combination of three old buildings and two new buildings creating a five building campus, wrapping around the historic YMI building at the corner of Eagle and Market Streets. The YMI building dates back to 1894 and was the social gathering place for the skilled laborers that worked for years constructing George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore Estates. Historically known as the Foundry Buildings, the three original, contiguous buildings to remain as part of the development are recognized as some of the most significant structures in Asheville. A large gathering area and bar will welcome guests in the center building. A local chef will be part owner in the Soul Food style restaurant located within the hotel. The hotel is expected to open summer 2018.