Charlottesville city leaders are moving forward to make sure the structure that's slated to be the Landmark Hotel is safe. The building's owner missed an important deadline earlier this month, and now the city is moving forward to secure the property by the end of the year.
There has been no response from Dewberry Capital, the owner of the property, who had until mid-October to send a plan to the city. Now the second step of the city's process is underway.
The Charlottesville director of neighborhood development services will take the matter before the city planning commission in December. Then the commission will decide whether to recommend that City Council declare the building "blighted," meaning it's considered "detrimental to the safety, health and welfare of the community."
"The council will then make a ruling of whether it's blight and if we do that if it's declared a blighted property and we have the ability to secure the site ourselves and charge the landowner," said Charlottesville Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos.
Developer John Dewberry bought the Landmark property in June 2012. He said work on the Landmark would begin when his company's first hotel in Charleston is complete.
That hotel was supposed to be open this fall. Dewberry Capital has not returned NBC29's inquiries.
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