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Flatiron Bdg. conversion plan tweaked, wins city OK
Monday, 01 July 2019 23:43

Boutique hotel to offer 71 rooms, instead of 80

From Staff Reports 

A revised plan to convert downtown Asheville’s iconic traingular-shaped Flatiron Building, completed in 1927, into a boutique hotel was approved by a narrow 4-3 vote by Asheville City Council on June 25.

Voting to approve the plan were Mayor Esther Manheimer, Vice Mayor Gwen Wisler and council members Vijay Kapoor and Julie Mayfield.

Voting against it were Keith Young, Sheneika Smith and Brian Haynes.

The plan presented to council on June 25 had been somewhat scaled back from the original proposal.

“Council members who voted ‘yes’ said they were convinced this was the best way to preserve the iconic building, Asheville television station WLOS News 13 reported later that evening. “The proposal includes a restaurant, retail spaces, commercial office space in the second floor, and 71 hotel rooms on floors three through eight.”In contrast, the proposal with which council was presented in May boasted 80 hotel rooms — and no office space. 

Council members who voted ‘yes’ said they were convinced this was the best way to preserve the iconic building,” WLOS reported.

“The developer pulled the application” prior to an expected vote at May’s council meeting “after realizing realizing a majority of council members would vote against it,” the TV station stated. “More than a dozen people spoke during (June 25) public comment period. While some people supported the idea, the majority did not.

“‘We did not and do not want another hotel that will not only bring more visitors to an already loaded marketplace, but also their cars, their cars which have not really been accounted for,’ one person said,” WLOS’ story noted.

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