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Plan To Replace Plantation Inn Hits Stumbling Block

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RALEIGH, N.C. — There is a plan to replace the Plantation Inn with shops, but the idea hit a stumbling block.

Developers want to demolish the Plantation Inn and replace it with Plantation Point -- a shopping center with more than 400,000 square feet of retail.

The site plan went in front of the Planning Commission Tuesday. The staff denied the recommendation, saying there is concern the proposal is not consistent with the city's comprehensive plan.

"The owner feels the market does not warrant residential use on this site," said project architect Gary DeVleer.

A committee will study the plan further, but developers hope things can be worked out.

The Plantation Inn property was the proposed site for a different retail development several years ago. It was also initally denied by city staff for similar reasons raised on Tuesday. Ultimately, it was approved by the City Council. However after the events of Sept. 11 and the recession, the project died.