Submitted Photo This drawing of the north elevation of the new hotel, released by SOL Harris/Day Architecture, shows the expected look of the 45-room facility that will sit on the site of the main building of the Curtis Inn.
MOUNT VERNON — The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals Wednesday granted a height variance for construction of the new hotel on Public Square by Mount Vernon Nazarene University.
The university originally planned a four-story building, but when it was determined they could not go beyond Blackberry Alley for the new structure, a floor was added so the same number of rooms would be available in a building covering a smaller area.
The city building code calls for a maximum height of 60 feet for buildings in the downtown business district. Because of the slope of the land, the planned building is only 55 feet, 9 inches at the east end, but is 69 feet, 9 inches at the west, or Main Street end. The north averages 62 feet 9 inches.
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Photos of the Curtis through the years