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WARREN – The Downtown Motor Inn was demolished by the city this week because it was a health hazard.
The city condemned the building after its owners, Dilawerhussein H. Dinani and Haiderali Ladha, a partnership of UH Dinani and HH Ladha, failed to respond to the city’s efforts to make it safe and bring the structure up to code, according to city officials.
The demolition cost about $ 60,000, according to the city. Holton Inc. Demolition Services won the tender to demolish the motel.
Once the final costs are determined, the city will place a lien on the company’s property taxes. The partnership already owes $ 53,626 in back taxes on the property, according to the Trumbull County Auditor’s website.
“Having it demolished is one of the things I have prioritized” Franklin said. “We will continue with commercial demolitions along the city gateways. It was an eyesore in the heart of the historic district.
Franklin said the city has had some success in removing abandoned commercial buildings in recent years.
“What happened here should be taken as a warning to others with buildings that are not being maintained”, he said. “You have to take care of your properties. We have had great success with the demolition of commercial properties. We’re going to get rid of the properties one way or another.
The city will provide owners of distressed properties with multiple opportunities to bring buildings into compliance, Franklin said. But the city will not hesitate to condemn the property of those who do not meet the standards.
Alford Novak City Councilor D-2nd Ward fought for the motel to be rehabilitated and reopened or demolished.
“I wanted this to be settled before leaving my post in January”, he said. “I would also have liked to see (the old) Saint-Joseph hospital (on avenue Tod) demolished. But it’s on the list.