A team of developers and designers asked Council to postpone their vote on the 23-story Ellington after Council members raised concerns about the boutique hotel’s size. The Sept. 11 presentation was the project’s first appearance before Council.
Hesitancy on the part of the developers came after Mayor Terry Bellamy asked if the building could be shortened by 36 feet, bringing it into range of the BB&T building’s height.
But designers in the room were not willing to make that call on such short notice, nor were the developers willing to risk a majority vote against the building. “I think that if this thing gets voted down tonight, it’s over with,” said attorney Lou Bissette, representing the development group that includes the Grove Park Inn.
Council voted unanimously to postpone deliberation and a vote until Oct. 16.
For the full story, see the Sept. 19 issue of Xpress.
— Brian Postelle, staff writer