GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The City of Greensboro is asking for public feedback on ideas that would level the nearly 200-room Heritage House which was condemned and closed last summer to make new use of the land.
The former hotel turned condominium complex was seen as a public safety nuisance and rife with structural and code issues. It was ultimately closed last summer due to outstanding utility bills owed to the City of Greensboro and Duke Energy.
At a community forum on the future of the site on West Meadowview Road the public learned that city administrators would like to use the 6.7 acres of land to meet the demand for industrial space.
Option one would add up to 24,000 square feet of space for businesses and job creation.
Option two would add up to 15,000 square feet for an industrial park and allow the nursing home that also shares the property to expand and add senior care options for the area.
Option three would also leave room for an industrial park but could add an indoor soccer complex once the condo building is leveled.
Greensboro Assistant City Manager David Parrish said demolishing the building is not a given but it is the far cheaper choice than fixing the multitude of issues including problems with the elevator, stairs, roof and windows.
According to city estimates, restoring the complex to bring it back up to code and usable would cost more than $20 million. Demolishing the building and redeveloping would cost the city around $3 million.
When asked if the property is costing the city too much, Parrish talked about the savings the city is seeing in not having to use firefighters and police officers to respond to issues at the troubled housing unit.
“With the condemnation and the boarding up and securing of the property our public safety calls have decreased dramatically so our costs there have gone away or at least are nowhere near what they were,” said Parrish.
City leaders said public feedback on these ideas will help determine the plan that goes before city council to decide on later this summer or early this fall. Three public comment meetings will be set between now and then to obtain more feedback.