Owner of Landmark Hotel Speaks Out

Jan 9, 2014

The owner of the Landmark Hotel in Charlottesville is speaking out about the City Council's demands that he further secure the property.

In December, city officials put a sign up on the construction site, announcing a hearing to discuss what to do with the property. They declared the partially built hotel a blighted property, calling it unsafe because homeless people and graffiti artists have gotten on the site, despite fencing around it.

Owner John Dewberry gave a radio interview to the Rob Schilling show on Thursday, saying he thinks the city is punishing him for the crimes of others.

"If your house is unlocked, and I break in it, is it your fault?” said Dewberry during the interview. “You might be a fool for not locking your house, but I'm not sure they're going to prosecute you for having your house unlocked when I broke into your house and stole your silver."

The City Planning Commission will decide on Tuesday, Jan. 14, whether the hotel is a blighted property or not.

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