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.
“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.