The 23-story Ellington hotel and condominium high-rise proposed for 35 Biltmore Ave. will make an appearance before Asheville City Council at its Sept. 11 meeting. Council’s nod to the conditional-use permit would be the final step in the city’s approval process.
Since its unveiling in May by a group of developers that includes the Grove Park Inn, the plan has made its way thorough the preliminary approval processes, with unanimous support by the Technical Review Committee and Planning and Zoning Commission, and a 7-1 vote by the Downtown Commission (Julie Brandt‘s was the only “no” vote.)
The Ellington would mix condominiums and high-end luxury hotel rooms, with retail and restaurant spaces on the ground floor. Project architects hail the building as a blend of classic and modern design, while detractors say the building is out of scale with the rest of downtown. At 305 feet, the Ellington would rival some of Asheville’s tallest buildings.
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— Brian Postelle, staff writer