Negotiations continue for purchase and renovation of historic hotel property
MIAMI – Belleview Biltmore Partners, LLC (BBP) announced in a news release intentions to negotiate with the town of Belleair for the purchase and lease of the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club.
Designed by world-famous golf architect Donald Ross, the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club course has been an international favorite since 1925.
Richard J. Heisenbottle, FAIA, BBP’s managing partner, expressed optimism that he will reach a successful conclusion to negotiations with the Belleview Biltmore Hotel & Resort owners for the purchase of the hotel property and that given the opportunity, BBP will reach successful negotiations with the Town of Belleair for the purchase of the golf course as well.
“We do not subscribe to the theory that the landmark Belleview Biltmore Hotel & Resort is beyond repair and can no longer be restored,” said Heisenbottle. “That theory is sheer folly for those who know little about historic preservation. My firm has restored numerous historic structures that were in far worse physical condition than the Belleview Biltmore.”
BBP Partner Charles Kropke said, “Let us not forget that the rich history of the Belleview Biltmore Hotel and the Town of Belleair are forever entwined. The Town of Belleair exists, in part, because Henry Plant chose to build this historic hotel on this bluff. The hotel's impact on the community over the years has been nothing short of remarkable. The hotel was and can again be a great source of community pride, financial benefit and real estate growth.”
BBP Partner Gary Rosenberg added, “The Belleview Biltmore brand and style represent an amazing untapped marketing opportunity for the residents of the Town of Belleair.”
Rosenberg’s past golf and resort industry experience includes senior executive responsibilities and oversight of some of America’s finest resorts and golf club facilities. Those facilities including Pinehurst Resort and Club, Firestone Country Club, The Homestead Resort and Club, Barton Creek Resort and Club, Sawgrass Resort and Club and the Boca Raton Hotel and Club.
“Without a doubt, we believe that our offer represents by far the best value for the Town of Belleair, not only because the purchase price offered returns the town’s initial investment in full, but more importantly because the success of the hotel, the golf course and the town are inextricably linked,” added Heisenbottle.
“A restored hotel with its own Donald Ross golf course generates multiple positive benefits not only for the Town of Belleair, but for all of Pinellas County. With it will come a new sense of community pride along with national prestige and publicity.”