Hotel permit appeal filed

MANCHESTER- A local resident of Manchester has filed an appeal with the Vermont Environmental Court over the recent approval of a local permit by the town's development review board for a proposed 80-room hotel to be located off Route 7A.

The "Asian Minor Spa and Hotel," expected to be 74,000 square feet and stand two-stories tall, has been appealed by Carol DuPont, a local who lives in the area. Attempts to reach DuPont for comment before press time on Wednesday were unsuccessful.

An attempt to reach Alpaslan Basdogan, the applicant who is seeking to build the hotel, for comment before press time was also unsuccessful.

The Development Review Board approved the application to construct the combined hotel, spa and restaurant on Aug. 24 in a unanimous 7-0 vote. The DRB stated in its "findings of fact" that the proposal was in conformance with permitted uses of land on the site in question, and that there were no apparent "adverse impacts."

There have been concerns about the project since early June. Two Development Review Board meetings have been held since then with concerns that the appearance of the proposed building would not fit the overall look of Manchester.

According to a report earlier this week in the Rutland Herald, the project will require an Act 250 environmental permit, but an application for one has not yet been filed by the group seeking to construct the new hotel and spa.

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