These architectural drawings were shown at a public meeting held by McKibbon Hotel Group officials to explain their proposed hotel project to residents. Asheville City Council set a public hearing date of Sept. 11 to hear from the public, then decide whether to allow the project to move forward. McKibbon also has a website up to provide info at http://haywoodfacts.com/.
The proposal has been in the works for years. It is controversial because church officials with the historic Basilica of St. Lawrence don’t want a hotel on the nearby property, and have made their own pitch for a development. There’s a website in support of the basilica option, http://www.stlawrenceplaza.com/.
Meanwhile, there are many residents who want the piece of city-owned property where the hotel is proposed to be made into a park.