I presume this is the site of the motel that was devastated by Hurricane Isabel in 2003. I read an eyewitness account of Isabel coming ashore by someone who weathered the storm in a house across the road from that location. They said the surface of the ocean was level with the top of the dunes and there were 15 foot breakers on top of that. I wonder what property insurance costs for a seven story building given that history.Is there a market for that many hotel rooms in Hatteras? In the 80s, a four story hotel was built in Avon where Ocean Isle Loop is now. Does anyone remember the name of that place? It lost money and the owners couldn't afford to maintain the place. By the end, the exterior stucco was falling off, the lobby was decrepit, and the guest rooms smelled like a gym bag.
I In the 80s, a four story hotel was built in Avon....
Holiday Inn tried that already down by the ferry docks, and it was only two stories tall. Now the rooms are rented by a local rental agency. The market just isn't there...(Thankfully!)
Folks can debate the pros and cons of this project all day and how things can be done to minimize the potential impacts, but the bottom line is a 7 story building just doesn't fit into the fabric/environment of Hatteras Island.
Again, don't just reflexively react negatively based on past experiences. Let the process play out. Be fair.
Where exactly was the Billy Mitchell Motel?
Just because it doesn't fit the "fabric/environment" (whatever that means?) doesn't mean it is a bad idea.
Gupta from SAGA said at the meeting in May at the Marlin club he really didn't care if the hotel was approved or not. I think Joy Crist reported the same in her IFP article. I think they have the by right OK to put 20 homes there anyway.
Strategy. Saga asks and fights for a 7 story building knowing it will never fly but in actuality will settle for a 4 story building and be thrilled with a 5 story. Developers do this all the time. If Saga went in and asked for a 4 story hotel ,it would be knocked down to three or even two story building.
It's interesting, economics, limited infrastructure and private land availability have usually been natural limits to overdevelopment on Hatteras Island.There's a part of me who suspects SAGA wants to build a 4 or 5 story building, but anticipates pushback from the community, so they are starting with a 7 story structure, knowing that they can negotiate down. My guess is the permeable surface area constraints will ultimately be the limiting factor, on less they're planning on having parking across NC12 on the sound side.