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Belleview Biltmore’s Fate Still Uncertain

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BELLEAIR, Fla.  (CBS Tampa) –  The fate of the Belleview Biltmore is still uncertain after many members of the community voiced their opinions at the Belleair town meeting Tuesday night.

The 115-year-old hotel was bought by BB Hotel LLC in 2010.  The company had plans to restore it, but now they say restoration is too costly for the decaying hotel.

Instead, the company is requesting to demolish the Biltmore.  BB Hotel’s planning consultant presented their zoning opinion report at the meeting Tuesday night.  The Belleair town commissioners did not approve or deny the demolition request.

The Belleview Biltmore was built in 1897 by  railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant.  The hotel saw many distinguished guests in its lifetime, including several former U.S. presidents.  During World War II, the Biltmore was used as an Army Air Corps training post.  It was named a U.S. National Historic Place in 1979.

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