"The property owners and architect Tamara Peacock have submitted an ambitious plan to renovate the historic Cedars event space and add a new hotel and condo development around it at the corner of North Church Street and Seventh Avenue West.
In what would be a major new development for downtown Hendersonville, the Cedars Lodge and Spa would contain the historic hotel and also include a new building housing hotel rooms, condos on the upper floors, a 300-person conference room and sports bar. Another building would contain a spa and fitness center with a few smaller retail spaces. The space between the buildings would be designed as a public plaza with planters, seating, a hot tub and pool, according to the plans Peacock has drawn for property owners Tommy and Fran Shipman.
UPDATE 2018: The Biltmore Hotel will open its doors December of 2018 with reservations available beginning December 1, 2018.
Belleair commissioners voted 5-0 to grant a certificate of appropriateness to the owners of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel. That means owner-developer Mike Cheezem of JMC Communities can now demolish the hotel and get on with building his townhouse/condominium development on the land.
The decision was made at a special commission meeting Dec. 9.
Earlier in the day, before a standing room only crowd, the town’s Historic Preservation Committee voted on the issue and the outcome was the same.