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Rooms could be closed at Augusta hotel after inspection

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 7:52 PM
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A number of rooms at an Augusta hotel could be closed for repairs after a joint inspection Tuesday by different agencies. A meeting Thursday will sort out which rooms to close for which violations at Parkway Inn, 2852 Washington Road, an official said.

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Several rooms at the Parkway Inn on Washington Road are being closed because repairs are needed.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Several rooms at the Parkway Inn on Washington Road are being closed because repairs are needed.

Inspectors from the fire and health departments, in addition to code enforcement, conducted a joint inspection of every room.

“There are lots of issues with the rooms,” said Randy Wishard, environmental health manager with the Richmond County Health Department. “I think about half of them were condemned or closed.”

Inspectors were to gather Thursday to go over findings, Code En­force­ment Administrator Pam Constabile said.

“We’ll sit down and work through all of the violations that inspectors found before handing it over to the owner,” she said. “It’s a good possibility that some of the rooms will be shut down for a while, but we won’t know until the task force meets.”

There was a wide range of problems, from holes in the walls and leaking ceilings, to furniture and mattresses in disrepair to missing smoke detectors, Wishard said. The owner of the hotel will have to submit a plan of remediation and pass inspections before some of those rooms can be rented again, he said.

It is the latest in several joint inspections in Augusta that have looked at the problem with long-term stay hotels. There is nothing in the city code that prohibits long-term stay in these places, which are typically cheaper to rent, but the facilities were not designed for that, Wishard said.

“They’re on the line of running an apartment complex versus a hotel,” he said. “These places were never built and approved years ago for apartments – they were hotels. You’ve got people that have been in them for years.”

Constabile said the program is making improvements in many of these long-term stay places.

“(The task force) has been very successful, I think,” she said. “The last few years we’ve been able to bring many of the hotels and motels up to the minimum code. We need these hotels and mo­tels to be presentable to the public.”

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/09/13 - 08:38 pm
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Not Supported With Facts

"There is nothing in the city code that prohibits long-term stay in these places, which are typically cheaper to rent, but the facilities were not designed for that, Wishard said."

Well, that's a point of view not supported with facts. I don't trust Richmond County inspection officers of any kind after the bar-restaurant on Gordon Hwy was always found to be the restaurant in the county rated the best in the county....until they closed.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/13 - 08:43 pm
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This is because this

This is because this long-term stay of derelicts in motels didn't used to be the norm. They need to be regulated and zoned, Commissioners, are you listening?

This place should've been inspected long before this, those problems didn't just happen. It's a miracle that it hasn't burnt down yet.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/09/13 - 08:56 pm
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"This is because this

"This is because this long-term stay of derelicts in motels didn't used to be the norm."

Who do you think are the long-term stay derelicts?

corgimom
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corgimom 07/09/13 - 10:18 pm
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Sex offenders, homeless, drug

Sex offenders, homeless, drug users, excons, mentally ill, criminals, drug dealers, prostitutes

Because the good people, the decent ones, get into the programs and the subsidized housing and can follow the rules and procedures of the programs, the ones that live there, live there for REASONS, none of them good.

junkyardpig
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junkyardpig 07/10/13 - 04:19 am
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gordon hwy motels

most of the motels along gordon hwy near south gate plaza are dumps and cater to drugs and prostitution. alot of that was pushed away when the honky tonk was shut down. but now its returning to the other eye sores of this community.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/10/13 - 06:17 am
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One of these days

someone is going to buy this place and renovate it. It is an eyesore, but it does have a great location. Bet you could earn a profit just opening it for Masters Week when guests won't care about the McDonald's next door if you gussied it up nicely.

countyman
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countyman 07/10/13 - 02:49 pm
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Business trips

The Parkway Inn, Motel 6, Scottish Inn, and Knights Inn should all be demolished or redeveloped in the Washington rd area. The older hotels don't fit in with the recently built Sheraton, Holiday Inn Express, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, etc. Hopefully some mid rise office, apartment, or condo building replaces at least two of the structures. I would really love to see office/retail on the bottom floors and residential on the upper foors.

The people on business trips, working at Fort Gordon, etc spend days or even weeks in Augusta. The new Home2Suites by Hiltion in the Augusta Exchange is their new brand geared towards this demographic.

It's amazing how Junkyardpig can tell what's returning due to mold inspections, but never brings up the hotels where he actually lives(Columbia county).

floridasun
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floridasun 07/10/13 - 02:57 pm
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I agree with Countyman

I'd like to see all the budget/ extended stay hotels along Washington Road closed. These buildings were never designed for long stay.
In many cases the clientele in these places have issues...homeless,drug addiction etc
These hotels do not help the property values of single family home owners in west Augusta.

David Parker
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David Parker 07/10/13 - 02:59 pm
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make people drive out to the

make people drive out to the country for the no-tel motel rendezvous like the good ole days.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/10/13 - 08:23 pm
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Those hotels that you are

Those hotels that you are talking about are designed and built for business travelers, Countyman. Those low-rent motels on Washington Rd were never intended for long-term stays.

When those motels were built, they weren't too bad, but now they are horrible. The problem is that a lot of them are owned by influential people in Augusta, they aren't going to let their cash cows be torn down.

And that area isn't zoned for residential, I think there'd be problems trying to spot zone them.

But the idea of sleeping on one of those mattresses in one of those places makes my stomach churn. Ugh. That's if the meth lab contamination didn't do you in first.

David Parker, they didn't have to go to the country, they went to Deans Bridge Rd, like the Cardinal Motel. That place was notorious.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 07/11/13 - 09:51 pm
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Corgimom, The bar up front

Corgimom, The bar up front and the rooms in the rear. The owner also owned another rooms to rent place on Green Street but I can't remember the name and one on the Aiken/Augusta highway. He made a lot with those places. I believe he also owned several places in Daytona and Myrtle Beach.

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