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UPDATE: Condemnation Lifted on Seaway Hotel

By KBJR News 1

UPDATE: Condemnation Lifted on Seaway Hotel

September 10, 2012 Updated Sep 10, 2012 at 10:25 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Residents of Duluth's Seaway Hotel have gotten a reprieve from being evicted.

The city has lifted its condemnation order at least for now.

The city council was set to hear an appeal from the Seaway owner Monday evening, but now the hearing and appeal are unnecessary because the condemnation order has been lifted.

The city of Duluth pulled the condemnation after working closely with the Hotel's owner on repairs to make the building safer.

The owner has applied for and been granted a permit to fix the building's leaky roof, and that was one of the biggest safety concerns.

However, Duluth Fire Chief John Strongitharm says there are still many violations in the building that need to be fixed immediately so that the condemnation order isn't re-instated.

One city leader says this working relationship with the owner and the city will go on for some time.

"This is a four year agreement, and for the next four years we'll have ongoing meetings with the city to look at building management issues, property repair issues making sure everything's done according to city code," said Keith Hamre, the planning and construction services director.

In July the city condemned the building after determining that it was unfit for human habitation.

Damage caused by the June flooding added to the long list of problems and caused further damage to an already deteriorating roof.

Seaway owner Rick Caya received a large grant to help pay for the repairs.

The Greater Minnesota Housing Fund granted him $100,000 to start with fixing the roof, and then up to another $200,000 for the remaining work.

Posted to Web by Jena Pike
jpike@northlandsnewscenter.com


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