Council supports Holiday Motel renovation

August 29, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - Developer Edward "Skip" Tovornik Jr. received support Tuesday from the Hagerstown City Council to renovate the Holiday Motel at the corner of West Washington and North Prospect streets.

The council voted 4-1 to pass a resolution that will help Tovornik land a $500,000 state loan that he needs to purchase and renovate the building into office condominiums.

The state's lending agency, the Neighborhood BusinessWorks Program, requires local governments to give their approval before funding may be granted in certain designated revitalization areas.

The $3.3 million project will be funded through state grants and tax credits, City Economic Development Director Deborah Everhart said earlier this month.


Councilman Lewis C. Metzner praised Tovornik for showing interest in renovating the motel.

"Getting rid of the Holiday Motel is a pleasure," he said.

Through the years, the Holiday Motel has been the site of several crimes. A woman was charged with selling crack cocaine from her room in 2005.

Also in 2005, the city closed 25 rooms and apartments in the motel after officials performed a surprise search of the building and found several health and building code violations.

The Herald-Mail's archives show the Holiday Motel has about 55 rooms and 15 apartments.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh cast the dissenting vote, saying after the meeting that money the state uses to assist developers should be used to help residents.

"Why should developers get low-interest loans when you and I can't?" she asked.

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