City Reaches Agreement With Budget Inn Owners on Building Demolition
NORFOLK - A Norfolk building that's stood vacant for almost two years after being damaged by a fire will soon finally be demolished.
Norfolk's Budget Inn was condemned by the city in the fall of 2012, after a large portion of the building was heavily damaged by fire. The owner's of the inn, who are based out of Omaha, kept delaying the condemnation process, telling city officials that they were working on an insurance settlement with their provider.
They were set to appeal their condemnation notice this week, but withdrew their appeal request and agreed to the city's demands that the building be demolished. City prevention manager Trent Howard says the agreement is the end of a long, arduous process.
Howard: "For some people it's not quick enough. For some, dealing with the insurance side and all that takes some work sometimes. You have mediation in the middle of all that. We understand that, but there's still a problem that we needed taken care of."
The owners of the building have told the city they plan to begin removing asbestos in October and then start tearing the Inn down. They've been given a deadline of November 1st to make that happen.