March 14, 2014
Plans to renovate the old Stonewall Jackson Hotel have hit another roadblock. The National Park Service has turned down the city's second renovation request saying some other historical buildings would be torn down in the process. In order to complete the renovation of the historical Staunton hotel, developers planned to tear down some nearby townhouses. The national Park Service says the townhouses themselves have historical value.
The city appealed the decision saying the townhouses are in bad condition. Today, that appeal was denied. If the city decides to demolish the townhouses anyway, the park service will block $2 million in tax credits for the project.
Bob Stripling, Staunton City Manager, says, "Anybody who has been in downtown Staunton knows that the city and community have gone a great distance to preserve historical heritage and there's a lot of historical value downtown and we do not believe these two townhouses add significantly to that value but a restored hotel would."
City officials say with all the benefits the renovations could bring to the city, they're not giving up on it and will soon be in contact with our federal representatives.