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Washington Road hotel condemned, closed

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013 9:33 AM
Last updated 9:37 PM
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A Washington Road hotel has been “condemned for occupancy” after a visit by city officials last month.

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Rob Sherman, the city’s director of License and Inspection, said Thursday morning thata task force that included officials from the health and fire departments, code enforcement, sheriff’s office and other agencies visited America’s Best Value Inn, 3023 Washington Road, in early September after complaints about its condition. The task force found several problems, he said, including a lack of building maintenance and roach infestation.

“What we’re really finding is they’re renting the rooms but not investing in the property,” Sherman said.

The issues were pointed out to the hotel’s management at the time of the inspection.

On Wednesday, a letter was delivered to the management saying the hotel was condemned for occupancy.

Sherman said the hotel has seven days to vacate the property and come up with a plan to address the issues.

Calls to the hotel were not returned. A supervisor in its corporate office said he was unaware of a change in the hotel’s status.

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David Parker
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David Parker 10/03/13 - 09:47 am
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countyman
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countyman 10/03/13 - 11:25 am
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Green space, landscaping, and redevelopment

This is great news, and hopefully the Knights Inn is next up on the list. Those few older motels don't look right among the newer hotels in the area. I would love to see a new mid rise office or mixed-use building take the place of any motel.

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kmb413 10/03/13 - 12:16 pm
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Closed for repairs?

The sign out front says closed for repairs. I wonder if they are going to flatten it.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 10/03/13 - 12:43 pm
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Wait a minute! Is that part

Wait a minute! Is that part of town considered in that "slum" area??

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 10/03/13 - 09:00 pm
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I don't want a trashy motel anywhere

but I refuse to celebrate anything that causes anyone to lose their job...especially when they had no control over the circumstances...

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/04/13 - 09:28 am
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wouldn't be from the east, would they? I mean the far east?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 10/04/13 - 12:45 pm
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I'm thinking a $3-$4 Million

I'm thinking a $3-$4 Million Dollar lake would be good there.... (eyeroll)

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augusta citizen 10/04/13 - 10:02 pm
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Okay, it may be a dump...

Well, it may be a dump, but no one stays there by force. "Lack of building maintenance and roach infestation" is kind of vague. No claims of fire or other hazards. I think for local government to shut them down, there should be a little more detail about this. Every motel/hotel doesn't have to be the Ritz, Plaza or Waldorf does it?

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