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Demolition Underway At Florida’s Historic ‘Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa’

Demolition Underway At Florida’s Historic 820,000 Sq. Ft. ‘Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa

An ambitious plans to restore the once-threatened Belleview Biltmore Resort and Spa to its former grandeur got under way this week. A $100 million project aimed at preserving the 110-year-old landmark and its Victorian charm started Wednesday night. The Belleview Biltmore is set on a 22-acre site along the eastern shores of Old Clearwater Bay with views of the bay and the barrier islands.

Demolition Underway At Florida’s Historic 820,000 Sq. Ft. ‘Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa
Demolition Underway At Florida’s Historic 820,000 Sq. Ft. ‘Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa

Constructed of native Florida pine wood, the hotel was built in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant, and until just a couple years ago this was the only remaining Henry Plant hotel still in operation. Although, iIt was said to be the largest occupied wood frame structure in the entire world but even that wasn’t enough to save this 820,000 square foot resort & spa.
JMC Communities purchased the resort earlier this year for $6.2-million and plans to preserve 10% of the original structure which will house a 33-room boutique inn with an ice cream parlor, a bar, and room for weddings and functions.

Demolition Underway At Florida’s Historic 820,000 Sq. Ft. ‘Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa
Demolition Underway At Florida’s Historic 820,000 Sq. Ft. ‘Belleview Biltmore Resort & Spa

As for the rest of the structure, it will be torn down to make way for 28 town homes and eight two-storey buildings with 104 condominiums. Demolition is estimated to take six to eight months. The restoration is expected to take four years to complete. The Biltmore will be closed for 18 to 24 months while the construction is under way. No closing date has been announced.
The Belleview Biltmore has hosted many famous guests including U.S. Presidents Barack Obama, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, and Gerald Ford, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and the Duke of Windsor, and celebrities such as Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford.

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Written by Slamchica

Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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