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.

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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