Historic Va. Hotel Facing Demolition

August 12, 2010

A historic but dilapidated former hotel in Winchester faces possible demolition after the city council declared it blighted.

Tuesday's decision is the second blight declaration this year against the former Taylor Hotel.

The 164-year-old building's guests included Confederate Gen. Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.

City officials halted the earlier action when a partnership expressed interest in buying the building from Layfayette Plaza LLC and redeveloping it.

But city officials determined that a blight-abatement plan wasn't thorough enough.

City Manager Jim O'Connor says if the blight isn't abated within 30 days, the city will probably move to demolish the building. That likely wouldn't occur before October.

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