How do you move a 120-year-old Queen Anne-style Victorian hotel? Try 47 eight-wheeled hydraulic computerized dollies, a synchronized jacking system and one operator with a remote control.
That will set the 38,000-square-foot remainder of the famous Belleview Biltmore Hotel in motion December 21. The original hotel’s five-story lobby and 35 guest rooms, thought to be one of the largest wooden structures to be moved, will be transported 320 feet to become the amenity center and boutique inn for Belleview Place in Belleair, Fla.
The project is being handled by JMC Communities and Wolfe House & Building Movers. Once the building arrives on its new foundation and is jacked up, JMC will build a masonry basement under the wooden structure. Total cost to move and renovate the inn is $13 million.
Those interested in watching the historical building move on Dec. 21 from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. should request guest passes by contacting Belleview Place at 727-469- 7070 or email email@example.com.
Scheduled to reopen in mid-2018, the Belleview Inn will be the longest continuously operated hotel built by railroad magnate Henry B. Plant. The inn will offer 35 guest rooms and serve as the community’s amenity center, with a resort-style pool, grand lawn and a history room with artifacts and information about the building’s storied past.
The gated Belleview Place development will feature 104 condominium residences and 28 carriage homes.
Sales information is available at: Belleview Place Sales Center, 275 Belleview Boulevard, Belleair, FL 33756; 727-469-7070; BelleviewPlace.com.