By: Blue Ridge Now
March 29, 2021

When The Cedars Lodge & Spa opens in a few years, Tom Shipman's longtime dream will be reality.

The Cedars, a historic former 30-room hotel that sits off of Seventh Avenue West in Hendersonville, opened more than 100 years ago and has been owned by the Shipman family since 1976. 

The four-story, 15,310-square-foot building will be fully restored and two six-story buildings will be built on the site to house condos and hotel rooms.

"I've been planning this in my mind for literally 10 years," Shipman said. "I have talked to probably hundreds of people getting on board with me, renovating this and developing this."

It's slated to open in the fall of 2024. A lot will happen this summer, however — branding and hotel management will be announced; condo sales will launch; demolition of the current commercial event space, called The Chariot, as well as two residential buildings and two sheds, will begin, along with structural repairs to The Cedars.

By: Lightning Reports 
December 15, 2020
"six-story hotel-condo development surrounding the historic Cedars Inn on Seventh Avenue between North Church and Buncombe streets won the endorsement of the Hendersonville Planning Board, moving the ambitious project one step closer to final approval. The Cedars Lodge and Spa plan calls for a complete renovation of the historic inn, which would house the main dining room and also be used as the lobby entrance. Aside from 11 traditional hotel rooms in the Cedars, the project includes another 132 condo/hotel suites for a total of 180 potential rooms within the Buncombe and Church Street buildings. Additional amenities include a conference center, sports bar, pool and courtyard.

Property owners Fran and Tom Shipman hope to bring the application to the Hendersonville City Council on Jan. 7 and break ground once the plan is approved. The Shipmans, a developer and two architects have submitted plans for a renovated four-story 15,310-square-foot inn flanked by two new six-story buildings with basement parking — one along the Buncombe Street edge of the property and the other along the Church Street edge of the property. Each of the new building would be approximately 100,000 square feet. The Church Street building includes two levels of parking garage while the Buncombe Street building includes one level of parking garage at approximately. A 6,250-square-foot atrium connects the inn and two new buildings. In total, the project is 235,000 square feet. “We were well received by the neighborhood,” architect Tamara Peacock told the Planning Board. She emphasized one rendering that “shows how predominant the Cedars is. We use the brick and granite and details of the wide porch" in the larger buildings. "So we’re not competing with the building, we’re letting it stand by itself.” Plans call for guests to valet their car at an entrance off Seventh Avenue, enter through the Cedars and “walk through a completely restored historic hotel. It needs to be grand," Peacock said. "This is going to be grand project.” The applicants seek no variances from side or front setbacks, she added, and the plans include more parking spaces than city code requires."

By: Lightning Reports

"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.