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Salisbury Eyesore Could Be Demolished

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A long time eyesore in north Salisbury could soon be torn down.  

That is, if Salisbury leaders get their way. 

The Thrift Travel Inn went up for auction on Monday, but city leaders say that auction might not happen.   

"Everyone wants to see this eyesore gone," said Salisbury city council president Terry Cohen.

Some who live nearby say they are happy to hear about the auction and demolition, but they're still concerned.

"It worries me a little bit because you never know who's going to buy something in that debilitated condition. Who's going to spend the money to make it what it should be? There's always the fear that it's going to be the same kind of people who have it now," said Aleta Davis of Salisbury.

The Thrift Travel Inn has been associated with various crimes, such as drugs and prostitution.

Back in December, Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and some residents called the motel a public nuisance.   

The building was condemned and set to be torn down.

In May, the city's legal department suggested issuing a demolition order.    

That would give the owner 60 days to tear down the building.

Mayor Ireton says in the past 6 years, the building's gotten 1,500 calls for service. 

On Tuesday, the council will determine whether or not to put up $55,000 to tear down the motel.

Cohen says the motel is owned by United Central Bank and that the bank's holding company still owed $22 million to taxpayers. 

Cohen says she has a message for the CEO.

"Mr. Flatt, tear down your eyesore. I hope that we will all as a community band together and insist that this bank take its responsibility," said Cohen.

Davis says the blighted property is bringing down property values of historic homes in the area.

"When you think you could have two homes in a neighborhood where you don't have to put up with this, but most of us are here because we care about historic preservation," said Davis.

The Salisbury City Council will hold a work session Tuesday night in council chambers.

Cohen encouraged those who live in the community to attend. 

 A long time eyesore in north Salisbury could soon be torn down.

   

That is, if Salisbury leaders get their way.

 

The Thrift Travel Inn went up for auction on Monday, but city leaders say that auction might not happen.

   

"Everyone wants to see this eyesore gone,” said Salisbury city council president Terry Cohen.

 

Some who live nearby say they are happy to hear about the auction and demolition, but they’re still concerned.

 

“It worries me a little bit because you never know who's going to buy something in that debilitated condition. Who's going to spend the money to make it what it should be? There's always the fear that it's going to be the same kind of people who have it now,” said Aleta Davis of Salisbury.

 

The Thrift Travel Inn has been associated with various crimes, such as drugs and prostitution.

 

Back in December, Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and some residents called the motel a public nuisance.

   

The building was condemned and set to be torn down.

In May, the city's legal department suggested issuing a demolition order.

    

That would give the owner 60 days to tear down the building.

Mayor Ireton says in the past 6 years, the building's gotten 1,500 calls for service.

 

On Tuesday, the council will determine whether or not to put up $55,000 to tear down the motel.

 

Cohen says the motel is owned by United Central Bank and that the bank’s holding company still owed $22 million to taxpayers. 

 

Cohen says she has a message for the CEO.

 

"Mr. Flatt, tear down your eyesore. I hope that we will all as a community band together and insist that this bank take its responsibility," said Cohen.

 

Davis says the blighted property is bringing down property values of historic homes in the area.

 

"When you think you could have two homes in a neighborhood where you don't have to put up with this, but most of us are here because we care about historic preservation,” said Davis.

 

The Salisbury City Council will hold a work session Tuesday night in council chambers.

Cohen encouraged those who live in the community to attend.

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