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justabumer Jan 25, 10:08 a.m.
Several years ago the previous owner of the building began renovations and put in one vinyl window and the city folks got their shorts in a wad because it wasn't "historically correct". I was downtown for a meeting and stood on the street in front of the building to get a good look at the offending window. I thought it looked very much like the older windows and it certainly was much more energy efficient. I agree with the poster who said that the city should stay out of the way and let the guy work on his building.
karmagrant Jan 22, 5:30 p.m.
So he views himself as a hero? That's hilarious.
Sherlock Jan 22, 1:58 p.m.
Heard this story before.
btneast Jan 22, 11:55 a.m.
It hasnt had substantial business since the Vietnam era, and then it was 'business' of hourly room rates from the working girls taking G.I.'s up for a 'good time'. Yeah, I saw all this as a teenager.
...Yeah, me too. It was really a dump even then.
x138GMOU Jan 22, 8:41 a.m.
Hate to be negative but I will give it two years before it costs the taxpayers another bundle and again becomes an eyesore that needs to be allowed to die a dignified death. It is a dangerous building, never been maintained properly.
rdc42179 Jan 21, 7:55 p.m.
Mr Levinson has a track record of success and being a smart businessman. If anybody has the ability to make this place viable its him. Good luck to him, I look forward to the results
rcarter1 Jan 21, 7:29 p.m.
Eightball: It could really be something nice if the City of Fayetteville will let someone do with it what needs to be done to refurbish it. I stayed there a few times when it was the Raddison and it was beautiful but downtown was still in infant mode to being what is is now. I think with the right people and the city letting it actually be upgraded to TODAY'S standards as long as it looks historic, then it would be an asset to downtown. The City of Fayetteville cannot see the forest for the trees, they are too greedy.
Eightball Jan 21, 5:34 p.m.
And yet another gets sucked into this white elephant. It hasnt had substantial business since the Vietnam era, and then it was 'business' of hourly room rates from the working girls taking G.I.'s up for a 'good time'. Yeah, I saw all this as a teenager.
rcarter1 Jan 21, 5:26 p.m.
If only the City of Fayetteville will let him do this. It's funny they want this building 'original' but you see other Hay St./Person St. buildings gutted and redone. They even had a stink over a new window the previous owner put in. If they would let someone redo it new but make it look original, the City of Fayetteville could make a killing off of this building in tax revenue. I think a few floors should be condos and maybe 2 floors actually hotel suites with a few extended stays. The ballroom would be stunning with a little TLC! I hope they put a coffee shop or something in there, I LOVE this old haunted building!!
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03