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Leland building sold again

December 02, 1999

Leland sold againBy RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro

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WAYNESBORO, Pa. - The former Leland Hotel, a downtown landmark that went through a major renovation in the last two years to become an assisted-living home for seniors, is ready to take on its new mission but with a new owner.

John Hashempour, 35, a Germantown, Md., jewelry maker, bought the century-old, run-down hotel building in March 1997 for $230,000. He spent more than two years renovating it and in June announced the project was nearly complete and would begin taking tenants July 15. He hired Carla Mumma to run the facility and called it Tranquility Personal Care Home.

On Nov. 9 Hashempour sold the building to Robert Hewitt of Ellicott City, Md., owner of Rose Manor, an assisted-living home in that city that is also ready to open. Neither Hashempour nor Hewitt would disclose the purchase price. Hashempour said he didn't make a profit but had "no complaints."

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"I paid off my loan," he said.

He said he sold the building "because I had an offer," and because his plans have changed since he decided to get married.

Hashempour replaced all of the building's 200-plus windows and the roof. He rebuilt the front balcony, replaced most of the plumbing and all of the wiring and installed a new elevator and sprinkler system. He rebuilt all of the building's 36 bathrooms and had the interior walls and ornate woodwork stripped and painted. He put down new carpet throughout the building and furnished every bedroom and the new dining room.

Borough Building Inspector Douglas Pyle said Hashempour met or exceeded all building codes.

Hewitt said he had his eye on the building for some time before he made an offer. He praised Hashempour's work, saying the building "feels like home, not a hotel."

Hewitt said he will replace all of the room furniture Hashempour bought because it does not fit the needs of older residents. He is donating the furniture to a homeless shelter being built on South Potomac Street.

Hewitt said he also will replace the lobby furniture, increase the speed of the elevator and add a wheelchair access ramp.

His biggest change will be the hiring of a professional management company from Frederick, Md., to run the home, which will be called Rose Manor. "The new sign is coming next week," he said.

Hewitt said Mumma and the three employees hired by Hashempour will stay on.

He said he expects to have his state license by Dec. 6.

Rents will be $70 a day for private rooms and $60 for semi-private ones. The fee includes all meals, housekeeping and other amenities.

The facility's 35 or so full- and part-time employees will include licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, housekeeping, maintenance and administrative personnel, activities and wellness directors and dietary and food service workers, Mumma said. "There will be an LPN on each of the three shifts," she said.

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