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Asheville to appeal hotel plan to N.C. Supreme Court
Thursday, 03 January 2019 12:05

From Staff Reports

The City of Asheville on Nov. 28 announced its plans to appeal a decision by the state’s second-highest court earlier in November that ruled in favor of developers who want to build a 185-room Embassy Suites downtown despite opposition from city government. 

Mayor Esther Manheimer said in a Nov. 28 email that the city will appeal the ruling of the three-judge N.C. Court of Appeals to the state Supreme Court, the Asheville Citizen Times reported. On Nov. 6, the lower court ruled that Parks Hospitality Group of Raleigh is entitled to a conditional use permit for its planned hotel project at 192 Haywood St. The site is that of the former Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office,

“The City Council voted down the project in January 2017, citing concerns related to parking, traffic and a high concentration of hotels near the proposed site. That includes another PHG hotel, the $14 million Hyatt Place completed in March 2016,” the ACT reported.

Meanwhile, developer Shaunak Patel told the ACT that PHG “began demolition on the former sheriff’s office Wednesday (Nov. 28), a process he expects will take about 60 days.”

Further, Patel told the Citizen TImes that the city is causing “more damages to us” by again appealing the court’s ruling, but that the development group is “100 percent confident” the case will not make it to the state’s Supreme Court



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