Old hotel gets demolished
By Staff Reports
Dec 16, 2013, 13:11
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The former Holiday Inn in Petersburg off Interstate 95 is being torn down to improve entryway into the city.
PETERSBURG — The old Holiday Inn off Interstate 95 near a main entrance to the city of Petersburg is coming down.
Demolition began in mid-November with the removal of asbestos. The building should be completely down by the end of January 2014, the city said.
“Over 80,000 cars pass Petersburg’s main entrance each day. The old and vacant buildings at exit 52, makes economic development in that area more difficult. Revitalizing the entrance will also attract more visitors,” said City Manager William E. Johnson III.
City Council approved an ordinance in June declaring the structure as a blighted property and a nuisance to the community. For the past three years, the City has received numerous complaints from citizens about the building, which has been vacant for more than ten years. As a result, the building is considered a danger to public health, safety, and/or welfare. The current owner of the property was sent a “Repair or Demolition Notice” in July, but failed to take any action on the blighted property located at 501 E. Washington St.
The estimated cost for demolition is $400,000. The Code of Virginia allows for the city to recover the costs from the property owner.