BLOWING ROCK — Demolition of the two small houses on the 0.9-acre parcel behind Speckled Trout and site preparation before beginning construction of a new hotel, The Embers, is scheduled to begin next week, according to the developer.

Stephen Barker, principal of the Catellus Group, LLC, the developer, said that after the long vigil and delayed paperwork from the state for the demolition, the beginning activities have been pushed into next week.

The Embers Hotel was originally monikered “Rainey Lodge.” The conditional use permit was approved by 3-1 vote of the Blowing Rock board of commissioners at the June 11, 2019 meeting of town council. The hotel is planned as a 40-room hotel, with bar and restaurant. In spite of the parcel’s zoning as commercial and the final plans requested no variances from town code, the project was met with resistance, including more than 10 hours of quasi-judicial public hearings.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.