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Plan Commission Nixes Turtle Creek Hotel, But the Fight Isn't Over

John Wheeler
Last week the City Plan Commission voted not to allow Canadian developers to tear down this Turtle Creek office building. But the fight ain't over.
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In February we mentioned that a developer was interested in razing the Howard Meyer-designed office building at 2505 Turtle Creek Boulevard and replacing it with a boutique hotel, complete with eatery and spa and high-rise residential condos. Only, wait a sec: Last week, the City Plan Commission, acting against city staff's recommendation, denied GGH Development's rezoning request.

But Karl Crawley, who's repping the developers on behalf of Masterplan Consultants, tells Unfair Park that they are going to appeal the decision in front of the city council; he says the discussion is "tentatively scheduled for May 14." Crawley also says that the 1959 building permit shows that the building isn't a Howard Meyer design at all, but that it was built by the late Harwood K. Smith -- no less a historic local figure, as he's the founding father of HKS Inc., which is among the reasons plan commissioners nixed the request. Also among the reasons cited: the developers' desire to sell alcohol so close to Riverchon Park, currently a no-no. Crawley says that too will be part of the appeal. --Robert Wilonsky

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