February 25, 2014
It's the latest issue to face the Landmark hotel site.
Graffiti, trash, and now the giant wooden boards used as a wall around the site are giving way and falling onto the bricks of the mall.
City spokeswoman Miriam Dickler says the "Those boards are old, and they are rotting, so they are starting to fall. And this has happened now in two locations. So the first one that happened, these are different boards then fell that first time."
While the structure belongs to John Dewberry, in order to quickly address the safety issue the city had contractors head out and fix it.
"Obviously it’s a concern, when a barricade gets old and it starts to fall down. We think we've mitigated it for the moment and hopefully very soon it will be taken care of in a more permanent fashion."
Ultimately, Dickler says Dewberry is still responsible for the structure and the cost of the fix.
"The city staff has been in touch with the owner of the property and it is our understanding that someone will be out next week to address the problem in a more permanent manner."
So with the site continuing to go downhill, so, where is the Landmark Hotel now? And what if the site is considered blighted?
"They decided not to blight the property based on conversation staff had had with the owner’s representative. Staff feels fairly confident that the owner is sincere in the efforts to secure the property. So the council deferred that decision but didn't take it off the table so should the need arise there is still the possibility to declare that structure blighted."
Dewberry would still have a chance to fix it, either 30 or 60 days based on council decision, if it was declared blighted.