City To Condemn and Close Down Grand Victoria Hotel on E. South Street

Freeport, Illinois — The City of Freeport community development director just announced that on Wednesday, January 11th at 1:00 PM, City of Freeport officials will officially condemn the Grand Victoria Hotel at 1300 E. South Street.

The order is being issued by the Community Development Department in response to an inspection carried out by building and fire inspectors the previous week.

The condemnation of a building means that it cannot be lawfully occupied, in this case preventing the hotel from operating and meaning that current guests must make other living arrangements.

ignite-church (1)“We wanted to give those staying at the hotel as much notice as possible following the results of our inspection, and delivered letters to the hotel last Thursday after making the property owner and management aware of what would be occurring. We have since delivered a list of resources such as area hotels, motels and social service agencies that may be able to assist those that need to relocate.” said Community Development Director Alex Mills.

City officials inspected the hotel last week due to the fact that the temporary certificate of occupancy issued in 2016 had expired, and also because the hotel was advertising to guests and others that they could “Own Your Own Hotel Room”.

“The sale of rooms at a hotel is prohibited by city ordinance and by state laws which regulate condo units, and was a red flag to our department. Coupled with the fact that the occupancy certificate had expired, we performed an inspection and found multiple serious violations of our building and fire codes dealing with health, life and safety issues. We also found that the repairs and improvements to the hotel that have been promised again and again have not been made. At this point, no further temporary certificates of occupancy will be issued for the property, and it will cease to operate as a hotel in Freeport.” said Mills.

The Grand Victoria Hotel was condemned previously in 2011 and re-opened with a temporary certificate of occupancy in 2014. Temporary certificates were issued again in 2015 and 2016 to allow the hotel to operate on a limited scale, however, during the recent building inspection city officials found many conditions related to the issuance of those certificates being violated.

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3 thoughts on “City To Condemn and Close Down Grand Victoria Hotel on E. South Street

  • January 10, 2017 at 9:17 pm
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    My wife and I lived there in April 2016 to August 2016 and we had no problems. Free Wifi, cable, clean sheets and blinkers every couple days, and it was kinda affordable with our 2 cats. We moved up here from Louisiana at 2am basically homeless and they took us in with open arms and gave us a place to live until we found a permanent place. They should be given a chance to fix what’s wrong and comply.

  • January 13, 2017 at 8:08 am
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    The Grand Victoria hotel was home to 15 families. We paid monthly rent. My family was displaced from our home and was forced to into the hotel in May 2016. We were aware of some of the things that needed to be repaired. My children’s life was turned upside down. We had 3 business days to find some kind of housing. It was possible. When the day came to get out there were people like myself who had no idea where we were going. Until social service agencies came we were all stuck. Sadly when residents tried reaching out before they were only giving out applications. The pressure from the media is what brought them out. Nevertheless they came. My family has yet to obtain housing due to paper work, but things are looking up so I will only be thankful. The way things played out was wrong.

    • January 13, 2017 at 12:51 pm
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      Thank you Shakeia. We are sure that wasn’t easy to write, as much of this may not have been for you and many others. What could the community, the organizations, the citizens or the media have done better, if anything. What played out wrong? When residents did reach out, what resulted from it, what help, assistance or advise did residents receive? We think your perspective is missing here and we’d like to give you all the chance to speak. We would even be willing to meet all the families. Any other perspective you care to give might be helpful to others.

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