The Value Inn Hotel has been without occupants for five years. Soon, it will be without a standing structure.
At its Sept. 17 meeting, the Grove City Council announced it accepted a bid from Complete Clearing Inc. to demolish the property at 4200 Gantz Road at a cost of $130,000. Council indicated that, due to the deteriorating state of the property, there is little it can do but have it demolished.
“The hotel portion of the building has fallen in such disrepair that it would be too expensive for the property owner or the city to fix it up,” said council member Steven Bennett.
Council members believe the property will generate interest from businesses once the land is cleared.
“It will sell,” said Bennett. “It’s sitting on three acres of prime real estate and it is tax abated for 15 years. Those factors are a strong incentive for development.”
Once considered a gem in the city, the Value Inn Hotel has fallen on hard times. Expensive upkeep and competition have dwindled interest in the hotel that was one of the first to open in Grove City, but it was nuisance complaints regarding area hotels that pushed it closer to closure.
An inspection study showed that the police and fire department had responded to many calls stemming from this location.
According to Capt. Jeff Pearson with the Grove City police, there were numerous calls about alleged drug dealing, overdoses, fighting, prostitution and occupants staying beyond six days.
“It was really a quality of life issue,” he said.
The police, as well as other government entities, asked the problem hotels to bring their buildings into code. Due to the expenses, the Value Inn Hotel could not comply. Nor were they able to sell. Now it is slated for demolition.
City attorney Stephen Smith said the city will be able to recoup the cost of the demolition as there is a tax lien against the property.