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Historic Fayetteville hotel sold

Posted December 5, 2012
Updated May 10, 2013

— The Hotel Prince Charles, which has been vacant for two years, has a new owner.

David Levinson, president of the Anderson Creek Club golf course community in Harnett County, purchased the historic building and wants to renovate it for condominiums and retail space.

Fayetteville officials deemed the Hotel Prince Charles unsafe for living in 2010, and New York developer John Chen, who owned the 87-year old building, planned to demolish it.

Chen later filed for bankruptcy to prevent a forced auction of the building, and Fayetteville officials tried to work out a way to put it to use again.

Mayor Tony Chavonne said Wednesday that a settlement was reached with Chen in bankruptcy court. Details of the settlement weren't available.

Built in 1926, the Hotel Prince Charles was the centerpiece of a bustling Fayetteville in its heyday, with its poetic quality, artfully designed columns and rooftop lamp posts.

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  • Glass Half Full Dec 7, 4:11 p.m.

    Loved shopping downtown. Would trade it for the mall in a skinny minute! I despise and rarely go to the mall.

  • btneast Dec 7, 3:04 p.m.

    Lived in or near Fayetteville all my life and can honestly say Hay Street is the best it's been since before the mall was built. Pre-mall was the best

    I remember the Mall being built. I also remember shopping in the Capitol many times.....if you had to shop somewhere else, there was Eutaw Village, Tallywood and Bordeaux.....the age of shopping centers.

  • Glass Half Full Dec 7, 1:29 p.m.

    Lived in or near Fayetteville all my life and can honestly say Hay Street is the best it's been since before the mall was built. Pre-mall was the best, from then till now was a very dark time. The last few years are much better, not the same as it was, but still good.

  • btneast Dec 7, 11:27 a.m.

    It's no longer the Hay Street of the 70's, 80', or even the 90's. There's a pretty decent nightlife going on there

    ....that sounds encouraging. The Hay St of the 70's was vastly different than the one of the 90's. There was a booming nightlife there in the 70's, but not the nightlife you are referring to now I am certain.

  • Glass Half Full Dec 7, 9:56 a.m.

    With the changes Mr. Levinson's visions have brought about in Anderson Creek, I have faith that he will be able to put this building to good use. Downtown Fayetteville has changed a lot, and there is still a lot more to be done, but if this building is repurposed properly I feel there will be hope for more good things to come to downtown Fayetteville. It's no longer the Hay Street of the 70's, 80', or even the 90's. There's a pretty decent nightlife going on there now and quite a few businesses, restaurants, a theater, venues for private parties, and other things that are drawing folks downtown day and night. People are developing lofts over the existing business facades and seem to be enjoying living downtown. There's even a nice parking deck that's easily accessible and free on nights and weekends. Would love to see a department store on Hay Street again. 100 block of Person Street is also seeing positive changes.

  • btneast Dec 7, 8:33 a.m.

    High dollar condos would make it there. The others recently created have done well and it's plain to see downtown Haystreet is nothing like it was when the city was labeled "Fayettenam

    Condos in downtown Fayettenam? High dollar at that, I doubt it. I remember Hay St from "-nam" days....there were actually busineeses down there ....Capitol and a shoe store I cannot remember the name of, and several others. Yes, one one end , there were the clubs, but that was only an issue at night, and it was pretty tightly controlled by Police and MP's and kept in that 2-3 block radius. Once they "renovated" that area, everyone moved out. Last time I was down there a few years ago, the only active buildings were Social Services and some other County/City administrative buildings. Most of the Hay St area looked vacant and abandoned. Maybe its changed since, but it's still relatively a small area. Just don't think Fayetteville residents are the type to embrace condos like that.

  • hollylama Dec 6, 11:16 a.m.

    Ditto on the Whole Foods.

  • piene2 Dec 6, 10:24 a.m.

    "I hope the asinine and uber repressive "historic building" laws don't cause the new owner's plans to fail.
    smalldogsrule"

    They have caused a lot of people much trouble for no good reason. I am all for preservation but they go way overboard. I was considering buying some property on "The Hill" but decided against it because of them.

  • edwnhll Dec 6, 9:28 a.m.

    Why not put a grocery store downtown.Maybe"Wholes Food"

  • Yeah I know Dec 6, 9:19 a.m.

    Glad to see this building stick around.

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