Three Peaks Parking lot, formerly known as Pine Bridge Coliseum, the Three Peaks Enrichment Center will become a vibrant center of activity in downtown Spruce Pine in the coming years. Mayland Community College acquired the Pine Bridge Coliseum and Inn in 2015 and renovations are under way to transform them to both College and Community space.
The old Coliseum pool complex was demolished in 2018 and a new roof was installed in Spring 2019. A new parking lot surrounding the Center will be completed in Fall 2019. Mayland Community College is working alongside Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development through a grant and private dollars to ensure that the rain water from the roof of the building and the parking lot does not end up in the Toe River. This will be accomplished through a series of holding ponds that filter the water and once Three Peaks is complete, water from the roof will help fill the chill towers that will cool the building.
Renovations inside the Three Peaks Enrichment Center will begin with the Cosmetology Program and will consist of a commercial salon and classroom space. This will offer Mayland students enrolled in the Cosmetology program a professional environment in which to learn their art and provide customers with top level services. Construction on the Cosmetology Department will begin in early 2020 with an estimated completion date of Fall 2020.
Located above the Cosmetology Department is the Resource Center for Entrepreneurs (RCE). Funded through several grantors, the RCE will be operated by Mayland Community College and provides local entrepreneurs a place to receive assistance from the MCC Small Business Center. It will have computer access that will help connect entrepreneurs to other Mayland services and software. It will provide assistance for entrepreneurs with meeting space and access to office equipment. There will be a photo room for artists to professionally photograph their work for marketing purposes.
Formerly known as the Pine Bridge Inn, the Blue Ridge Boutique will be a 34 room boutique hotel connected to downtown Spruce Pine by the walking bridge over the Toe River. The first floor of the hotel will feature a restaurant and bar, as well as a meeting space and library room. The second and third floors will house guests in theme based rooms highlighting area natural attractions. Each room will be named for a local natural area in the three county region, such as the Mt. Mitchell Room, Linville Falls Room, and Roan Mountain Room. It will serve as a marketing tool to help guests find things to do and places to visit while they stay in the area.
With the financial support of both the town of Spruce Pine and Mitchell County, the infrastructure of the remodel is nearing completion as a new roof, electrical system, plumbing and sprinkler system are installed. Mayland Community College is in the design phase for the restaurant and bar and will begin remodeling the rooms in 2020. The estimated time for opening the doors is in 2021.
There are numerous naming opportunities with this project! For additional information please contact the Mayland Community College Foundation at 828-766-1275