Grove City Record

Value Inn scheduled for demolition later this month

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Demolition is expected to begin later this month on a vacant hotel long considered an eyesore in Grove City.

On Monday, Sept. 17, city council voted to appropriate $130,000 to accept a bid from Complete Clearing Inc. to tear down the vacant Value Inn at 4200 Gantz Road.

Mike Boso, Grove City's chief building and zoning official, said the city was waiting on a purchase order earlier this week, followed by a 10-day notice before proceeding with asbestos abatement at the hotel.

Boso said police and fire department training will also likely occur at the building before it is torn down.

"I anticipate, hopefully by the third week in October, we can get demolition going," he said.

According to the ordinance passed by council, Complete Clearing offered the best and lowest bid at $123,845. The remaining $6,155 is for contingencies, Boso said.

The demolition of the Value Inn comes after a number of years of problems associated with the hotel, Boso said.

"We do have an end of something in sight," he said.

Boso said the property had a history of violations, including fire code, maintenance issues and criminal activities.

On Sept. 23, 2008, a permanent injunction was granted by Judge Harland Hale in Franklin County Municipal Court's Environmental Division declaring the property a public nuisance.

"During that time, we went back numerous times to do inspections and found it was not in compliance," Boso said.

Finally, on Oct. 13, 2011, Boso said the city and the property owner, Fu Ih Chu, entered into an agreed entry to either have the site cleaned up or sold by May 1, 2012.

"That didn't happen," Boso said. "That's when we decided to go ahead and get bids (for demolition)."

The city will be reimbursed for the cost of the demolition, Boso said. A lien was placed on the property, and $90,000 has already been set aside in an escrow account after a portion of the lot was split off and sold.

"As soon as the job's done, we'll be able to get the $90,000," Boso said.

As for the remainder, he said the property owner could either continue to pay the increased property tax or pay the difference in a lump sum.

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