Plans to turn St. Augustine’s tallest building into a hotel could be moved to an Aug. 17 review by the city’s Historic Architectural Review Board.
Hotelier Kanti Patel’s plans for 24 Cathedral Place, which faces the Plaza de la Constitucion, went to the board in June for an opinion of appropriateness. A positive vote would give preliminary support to a project’s design.
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The board delayed the decision in June and asked for the team to return with more information and some changes to the plans at this Thursday’s meeting, which begins at 1 p.m. But Patel’s team has asked for a continuance to the Aug. 17 meeting.
Patel said 24 Cathedral Place could be a Hilton with about 100 rooms and a parking garage of more than 100 spaces on an existing surface parking lot. The garage will be flanked by hotel buildings on the west side of Charlotte Street and south side of Treasury Street. The plans include 22 Cathedral Place.
The first floor of 24 Cathedral Place, which includes a bank room with a vault used by The Treasury on the Plaza wedding business, would remain as a meeting and venue space, according to Patel’s representative Troy Blevins.
If approved, Patel’s team will need to get a final stamp of approval from HARB with a certificate of appropriateness.
Also, Patel would have to amend an existing Planned Unit Development agreement for 24 Cathedral Place “to address how the proposed project deviates from the (Architectural Guidelines for Historic Preservation) and zoning requirements,” according to meeting materials. That will have to go to the city’s Planning and Zoning Board for consideration and would require City Commission approval.
Over the years, the building has changed hands from various banks and other businesses. Patel’s firm, Kasam Hospitality, bought 24 Cathedral Place in 2018 for $10 million from Virtu Cathedral Associates, according to the St. Johns County Property Appraiser’s office.
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