Planning Board to Decide on New Development in Next Meeting

BAY COUNTY, Fla. - There's talk of another potential resort being built in Panama City Beach, but this one is a little different than the rest. For almost 50 years the Chateau Hotel has served guests and it will continue to serve them but with a little bit of a makeover. 
 For years the Chateau Hotel has been a hotspot for tourists and community members alike. Unfortunately, since the building has been around for so long, it's becoming outdated as newer developments pop up all over the beach. New plans for the property might give it an entirely new image.
"Even though the new stuff is nice and safer and and meets all the building codes, it's not as nostalgic. So any time the old can be incorporated into the new around here, that is a great thing," said Director of Building and Planning, Mel Leonard. 

By the Seas Resorts purchased the property and has plans to develop a resort behind the existing hotel. Along with the new resort, they plan to renovate the old, add a conference center and a parking garage but the addition of these new features, could mean bad news for businesses in the area. 

"The plans that they have for the conference center and the parking garage also has area for retail so there will be opportunity for some commercial retail to go back into those areas. Now whether the existing businesses on those sites are going into the new building or not, I'm not sure," said Leonard.

The plans are not finalized yet, but all requirements have been met so far. Now it's up to the planning board to approve it. 

"So we would expect that the planning board would probably have a positive finding on it, they may have some conditions they place on it, but it's at the very end of the process," said Leonard. 

Preliminary work is already being done on the hotel. If the board approves the structure, they then have a year to pull the building permits and get construction underway. 
The planning board is set to vote on this matter at their next meeting on October 9th at 2 pm.


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