ASHLAND, Va. (AP) - The Ashland Town Council has rejected Randolph-Macon College's plan to use a hotel for student housing.
Randolph-Macon had planned to buy the 14-room Henry Clay Inn and house honors students there.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
says the council unanimously voted last week to deny a zoning change for the project. The change would have allowed college housing in an area generally designated for businesses.
The hotel is owned by Ray Martin, his wife, and one of his daughters. Ray Martin says the college had agreed to buy the hotel for $1.1 million and to preserve it. He says he expects the hotel will be put on the market in October.