A St. Petersburg developer has unveiled his rendering of a re-development plan for the Belleview Biltmore.
The plan put forth by developer Mike Cheezem's firm, JMC Communities, includes a small replica inn, condos and townhomes.
Cheezem wanted to save the structure's original lobby and restaurant, but doing so would cost too much and it wouldn't be up to current code standards.
The original building was built in 1897 by railroad tycoon Henry B. Plant, and has hosted presidents, heads of state and celebrities. The hotel was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
The hotel's ownership has changed hands many times over the decades. It was closed in 2007 after falling into disrepair. Since then, developers and city officials have worked to come up with a new plan for the historic building.