Old Dixie Motel new site plan details 64-unit hotel with pool and restaurant

The current owners have appealed a demolition order filed by the county in February and have submitted a new application to the county's Technical Review Committee.

A rendering of the Henry Hotel, designed to replace the dilapidated Old Dixie Motel. Image from Technical Review Committee documents
A rendering of the Henry Hotel, designed to replace the dilapidated Old Dixie Motel. Image from Technical Review Committee documents
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The owners of Flagler County’s Old Dixie Motel on Old Dixie Highway have appealed a demolition order and filed a new site plan with the county outlining plans for the dilapidated hotel.

It is “a more significant effort than they've made,” County Attorney Al Hadeed said at the end of a Flagler County Commission meeting on March 18. The appeal and application puts a halt to the demolition notice Flagler County sent the owners, 2251 S. Old Dixie Highway, LLC, on Feb. 13. The demolition order was first reported on by FlaglerLive.

The application for the hotel — located at 2251 S. Old Dixie Highway — details a two-story, 64-unit hotel with a restaurant and pool on the 6.38-acre site. According to the application documents, the owners plan to name it the Henry Hotel.

The review committee’s job is to review applications and give staff feedback of what needs to be addressed before an application can move forward. The applicant then will resubmit the application with the requested revisions. This is the owner's second application submission, Hadeed said, and while the owners have addressed some issues, staff still had areas of concerns. 

The engineering department alone provided a list of 16 individual items in its staff comments of needed updates to the application, including providing a survey, grading plan, tree survey and a demolition plan since part of the construction plans require some demolition to the existing buildings.

Flagler County has been attempting to have hotel brought up to code or torn down for over five years, and filed a lawsuit against the hotel's previous owners for their negligence of the property on 2021, according to court documents. 

During that time, the hotel was bought by the current owners and in May 2021 the current owners entered into an agreement to renovate and clean up the property, the court documents said.

Hadeed told the commission that the appeal has to go through a special magistrate, but the application is likely going to be presented as the owner's acts of good faith. County code requires site plan applications to go through staff and the Technical Review Committee for approval, Hadeed said.



Sierra Williams

Sierra Williams is a staff writer for the Palm Coast Observer covering a variety of topics, including government and crime. She graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2021 with her bachelor's degree in print/digital journalism and a minor in political science. Sierra moved to Palm Coast in September 2022 and is a Florida native from Brevard County.

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