By Jesse Wood
Jan. 21, 2015. Demolition for the incoming “The Standard of Boone” development, located on a blighted stretch of property in between Faculty Street and Blowing Rock Road, should begin next week.
While the Scottish Inn has been condemned for a few years, the Red Carpet Inn just recently closed down, and a fence was placed around the hotel last week, according to Dale Tweedy, a principal with Stonegate Developers, a Cornelius-based firm overseeing the project.
“We should actually be onsite next week starting demolition on asbestos and all the hazardous materials,” Tweedy said. “Next week should really be the start of everything. Where we are right now, we are right on schedule. Everything is going pretty smoothly, and we are just excited about getting going here.”
In June 2014, the Boone Town Council approved a zoning request for the development. According to preliminary plans released at the time, the five-story project features 450 beds with 9,000 square feet of commercial space on the first floor along the main highway and a five-level parking deck with 490 parking spaces.
The development also features daylighting the creek and moving it closer to Faculty Street, a project which is estimated to cost $2 million.
Tweedy said Stonegate Developers plans to close on the property next week. As for what businesses would be housed in the commercial space, Tweedy said that negotiations have begun with three undisclosed businesses.
Boone Planning and Inspections Director Bill Bailey said that his office is ready to issue the necessary permits, but the process is “kind of in a holding pattern” momentarily.
Bailey said that once the developer closes on the property, then his office can issue the demolition permit. Also the planning office is waiting for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to issue a CLOMR (Conditional Letter of Map Revision) for work pertaining to the creek.
“From our end, we’re ready to go. We just need the feds, from what I understand, to send stuff up to the state and for the state to incorporate the feds’ stuff in their permit,” Bailey said. “Then we’ll have it in our hands and can issue permits, assuming they have closed on the property.”
Once that occurs, Bailey said that the zoning permit and separate building permits for each phase of the project would be issued accordingly. His office has already signed off on asbestos and lead abatement before the “meaningful” demolition begins.
The development is still on schedule to open before the fall semester in 2016.