The Montreat Conference Center (MRA) is planning to build a 40 room hotel with meeting rooms and an underground parking garage on Assembly Drive in the center of Montreat, directly across from Robert Lake Park. We are strongly opposed.
What to Expect at the Permit Hearing:
Current view: Galax House on Assembly Drive
Proposed Hotel from Assembly Drive
Proposed Hotel from Georgia Terrace
Neighbors are concerned this hotel project would:
Irrevocably change the look and feel of the center of Montreat with the scale of the project
Increase traffic substantially in an already congested location
Diminish a historic neighborhood and destroy two of the oldest buildings in Montreat
The Conference Center never reached out to inform or consult with neighbors about the project. However in mid February, 2021, immediate neighbors of the project indirectly learned of the plans. We have since met several times with the Conference Center, raising our concerns and proposing alternative plans for development of the area, but they have refused to change course. In July the MRA applied for a Special Use Permit, without which they cannot build the hotel.
We continue to strongly believe that the scale of the project is far out of proportion to the space, and to the style and needs of Montreat, and that it in fact contradicts the Town mission: "To seek ways to maintain and improve the quality of life, preserve the natural beauty and promote responsible growth while maintaining our community image, heritage and traditions."
On this website you can find information on
The Special Use Permit hearing before the Board of Adjustment scheduled for October 21st
The "village concept" — an alternate plan proposed by neighbors to preserve and restore the historic lodges while adding smaller new construction
Voices so far, including letters from the community and articles in the Black Mountain News and Asheville Citizen Times
If you want to join an email list to stay updated on the hotel project, please contact us.
The mission of the Town of Montreat:
To seek ways to maintain and improve the quality of life, preserve the natural beauty and promote responsible growth while maintaining our community image, heritage and traditions.
Montreat Stewards is a group of Montreat residents and friends dedicated to preserving and protecting the beauty, history and peace of Montreat, North Carolina.