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Proposed Dilworth Inn runs into big-time snag

In 5-4 vote, Historic Commission says Dilworth building's size would be too big.

By Dan Tierney
news@eyecharlotte.com

The Charlotte Historic District Commission voted 5-4 recently against the conceptual design plans for The Dilworth Inn proposed for 220 and 224 East Boulevard because of the projected size in relation to its surroundings.

Parts of Dilworth are among five areas listed as the city's Historic Districts, where any exterior changes or structure demolitions must go before the commission for a review before a building permit is issued.

After the commission deferred a decision last month, the Catellus Group reduced a turret height from 78 feet to 65 feet and made other changes.

“I don't think you can just stop, with nothing new and nothing vibrant to keep (the neighborhood) going,” said Steve Barker of Catellus Group.

The five-story hotel would have 76 rooms. It would replace two buildings that currently house various local businesses. Catellus representatives said they're in talks about moving the buildings.

Catellus has also applied for a rezoning, but even if it's granted, construction can't begin until the design gets the historic district commission's approval.

Unless substantially redesigned, Catellus can't resubmit the plan for six months. Catellus can also appeal the decision to the Charlotte Zoning Board of Adjustment.

The historic district commission also voted 5-3 against Boulevard Centro's request to use an artificial siding on a project in Dilworth at 315, 317 and 325 E. Tremont Ave. and 1916 Euclid Ave.

Dan Tierney: 704-358-5696

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