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City asked to back Holiday Motel project

August 15, 2007|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Hagerstown Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II and city council members were asked Tuesday to support a project that includes the rehabilitation of the Holiday Motel.

The $3.3 million project at the property on North Prospect Street is being paid for with state loans and tax credits, said Deborah Everhart, the city's director of economic development. Officials will be asked to support turning the hotel into office condominiums by signing a resolution during an upcoming meeting.

A $500,000 loan for the project has been requested from the state, according to documents.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner thanked Edward "Skip" Tovornik Jr. for applying to the Neighborhood Business Works Program for financing to purchase and rehabilitate the property.

Metzner said that Tovornik "quietly" has been renovating the property.

In 2005, the city conducted a surprise inspection at the Holiday Motel, and officials said that numerous health, safety and code violations were found. The city ordered vacant motel rooms and apartments to stay empty at that time.

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The Washington County Health Department allegedly found mold and mildew violations there at one time, officials have said.

After reinspecting the hotel in June 2006, officials allowed the owners to again rent motel rooms. But 13 of the 15 apartments in the building were required to remain vacant.

Everhart said there has been more investment in the 100 block of West Washington Street because of Tovornik's involvement with the Holiday Motel project.

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