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Sadness over demolition of once-grand historic Wolverhampton hotel

The former Quality Hotel on Penn Road, Wolverhampton. Photo: Google Street View
The former Quality Hotel on Penn Road, Wolverhampton. Photo: Google Street View

Approval to demolish the historic former Goldthorn Hotel on Penn Road has been granted by city planners.

However, the final decision to demolish the building has caused sadness in the community.

Known as the Quality Hotel in recent years, in its heyday the venue was a popular choice for private parties and dinner theatre shows – and believed to be a favourite of showbiz stars including Bob Monkhouse and Diana Dors.

Councillor John Reynolds, whose Graiseley ward the hotel is located in, said: “This is a sad loss of another historic building. It was a local landmark and will be missed. The local community campaigned against it [the store plans] because of concerns about extra traffic congestion, pollution, noise and the loss of trees.

“The council must monitor the situation closely to ensure local residents do not suffer from this development. I am not sure how many supermarkets we actually need.”

Councillor Paul Birch, who represents neighbouring Blakenhall and lives near the site, added: “As much as I like Lidl, there is another one just a mile and-a-half away at Finchfield, and it’s not as if our community really needs more food retailers. Within a mile are two Aldi, two Tesco, two Sainsbury’s, an Iceland, two Co-ops and a plethora of independent stores on the Dudley Road and in the town centre.

“What we are short of are hotels. At the moment we only have two four-star hotels, and with the Civic Hall coming back to the city and the potential for visitor numbers to increase, we need to create conferencing, world-class restaurants, enhance the night-time economy, and give both business and leisure travellers the options of staying in the city.

“Regrettably, planning is a misnomer, as the

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Orlando to vote on turning blighted hotel into affordable low-income apartments

City leaders in Orlando are looking to help with the growing housing crisis.

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If you live in an apartment, then you know the sticker shock all too well.

A new real estate report shows average rent prices are up nearly 15% this year.

Housing experts said there are millions of vacant homes nationwide, on top of the current housing shortage.

They want federal lawmakers to find ways to use those lots more effectively.

Photos: Orlando to vote on turning blighted hotel into affordable low-income apartments

One policy solution, they say, is to create more land banks, public groups that work with neighborhoods to turn rundown lots into homes.

Some lawmakers are also considering proposals that would create nearly 1 million additional affordable homes nationwide.

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Orlando City Council members are getting ready to vote on a plan that would convert rooms at the Ambassador Hotel into 150 affordable low-income apartments.

City leaders call this project unique.

Typically, when you think affordable housing, you think single family homes.

But the Ambassador Hotel development will house renters who need one-bedroom apartments.

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The Ambassador Hotel on West Colonial and Westmoreland drives may soon become a more permanent place for people to live.

A developer has plans to renovate the rooms and rent them out for $750 a month, including utilities.

There would also be 15 rooms that are reserved for permanent supportive housing for homeless people.

The city council votes on the project on Monday. If it’s approved, renovations should be complete by next

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