Town Attorney Nancy Stroud, who is drafting the historic preservation ordinance, said the Biltmore's owner would have to comply with the new policy. That has prompted an attorney for the owner to threaten legal action and accuse the town of changing the rules in midstream.
A month later, town leaders said [Urdang]'s application was incomplete. So, on June 15, representatives of Urdang and DeBartolo Development met with Stroud, who handles Biltmore matters, and the town staff to discuss the development and demolition application process. At the meeting, Urdang said it intended to demolish the hotel and put sod in its place, Stroud said.
On Aug. 2, Stroud asked the Town Commission for input on the proposed historic preservation ordinance. Stroud has told officials that Urdang would have to comply with the ordinance after its adoption because the company submitted an incomplete demolition application and had not begun the process for a development order, which is required for major projects.