basilica of st. lawrence
Amid packed chambers and a contentious public debate, Asheville City Council voted 4-2 earlier tonight, Sept. 11, to approve the $2.5 million sale of property on Haywood Street to the McKibbon Hotel Group. The company plans to build a 140-room hotel on the site, near the Basilica of St. Lawrence.
At its meeting tonight, Sept. 11, Asheville City Council will decide an issue which has fueled months of debate: whether or not to sell city property across from the Basilica of St. Lawrence to the McKibbon Hotel Group. The public hearing on the matter is the only major item on Council's agenda.
At an Aug. 7 informational meeting at the U.S. Cellular Center, the McKibbon Hotel Group laid out its plans for a hotel and plaza on city-owned property across from the St. Lawrence Basilica in downtown Asheville. The city is considering McKibbon's proposal, but hasn't endorsed or committed to any project yet.
Photo by Derek Olson http://www.derekolsonphotography.com/ In addition to photographer Derek Olson, UNCA's RENCI project is modeling, in 3D, the basilica and neighboring space in order to help Asheville decide how best to use a parcel of land directly in front of the historic building.
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