Even after nay vote, developer still has eye on Belleview Biltmore Hotel
BELLEAIR -- St. Petersburg developer Mike Cheezem says he's not ready to walk away from his contract to buy the Belleview Biltmore Hotel.
Belleair town commissioners last week voted 3-2 to postpone by six months a decision on a new zoning category that would have paved the way for demolition of the former hotel and redevelopment of the site. Cheezem wants to build condos or townhomes.
Though most of the 200 audience members who packed City Hall last week appeared to be pushing for the deteriorating structure's renovation, Cheezem said a lot of town residents actually appear to support a new direction for the Biltmore property.
He said the Biltmore just doesn't have the traffic or nearby amenities to sustain it as a hotel.
Click here to read more on Cheezem's thoughts, a preservationist group's push to save the hotel from demolition and the status of two potential lawsuits surrounding the proposed redevelopment.