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.