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Belleview Biltmore’s fate rests with tonight’s rezoning vote

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: January 21, 2014 at 08:11 AM

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The Belleair Town Commission will decide the fate of the historic Belleview Biltmore Hotel tonight when it votes on a zoning change that would pave the way for a new development.

In December, the town’s zoning board voted to approve changes to allow multi-family condos and single-family homes on the site of the 117-year-old hotel, which has fallen into disrepair since it closed in 2007.

“We have to move along,” Belleair Mayor Gary Katica said last month.

The hotel is owned by the Ades Brothers, developers based in South Florida, though it has changed hands several times in recent years.

Because of the hotel’s historic status — the sprawling wooden hotel was built by railroad tycoon Henry Plant in 1897 and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1979 — the developer would need a certificate of appropriateness before it can be razed.

Meanwhile, a group called Belleview Biltmore Partners is seeking investors to purchase and renovate the hotel.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., and the public is invited to offer input.

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