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N.C. Appeals Court rules in favor of downtown Embassy Suites plan
Thursday, 06 December 2018 16:44

From Staff Reports 

The developers who proposed a 185-room Embassy Suites hotel in downtown Asheville are entitled to a conditional use permit for their hotel planned at 192 Haywood St. because the City of Asheville had failed to make a case to stop the development.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court, issued the ruling on Nov. 6.

The hotel would be located at the site of the former Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. 

The three-judge appeals court argued — in a 30-page filing — that Parks Hospitality Group of Raleigh is entitled to a conditional use permit. The project was valued at $24 million in 2016.

In January 2017, Asheville City Council rejected the project, citing concerns over parking, traffic and a high concentration of hotels near the proposed site. 

In the aftermath, chief developer Shaunak Patel appealed council’s decision to Buncombe County Superior Court, which ruled in his favor. 

The city then appealed the Superior Court decision to the state Court of Appeals. 

As of the Daily Planet’s press deadline, it remained unclear as to whether the city would try to appeal the case to the North Carolina Supreme Court. 

“The city is aware of the decision and is evaluating its options,” Asheville spokeswoman Polly McDaniel said in a statement in early November.



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