Belleair reverses course on Belleview Biltmore zoning
BELLEAIR -- Town commissioners on Tuesday evening unanimously voted to reverse an earlier decision to wait six months before discussing new zoning options for the Belleview Biltmore property.
Town staffers will bring back more information by April on new zoning categories a developer could apply for if he or she wanted to tear down the historic structure to build either condos or a mixed-use project that could incorporate a range of uses such as residential, restaurant, retail or hotel.
Current zoning on the Biltmore site allows only for a hotel or single-family homes.
Many of the nearly 200 audience members applauded the commission's decision as well as a tentative proposal by St. Petersburg developer Mike Cheezem, who has a contract to buy the deteriorating hotel from Miami investors Raphael and Daniel Ades.
Cheezem told the audience that he currently envisions a mixed-use plan in which he would transform a portion of the 117-year-old Biltmore into a small boutique hotel that would operate alongside condos and townhomes.
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