After months of stonewalling the city's safety concerns over the dilapidated Landmark Hotel structure, owner John Dewberry may be ready to take action.
“A representative of Mr. Dewberry's company came up from Georgia and spoke with staff about what is needed to make it a plan that works for the city,” says City Council member Kristin Szakos.
While the city acknowledges the meeting happened, officials remain tight lipped about what was discussed or whether there was any result.
Neighborhood Development Services director Jim Tolbert says he will not reveal any specifics until Tuesday's City Council meeting.
That's when councilors are scheduled to vote on planning commission recommendations to use city taxpayer dollars to fund safety measures.
That vote may no longer be necessary.
“We are hoping to have word by Tuesday that an agreement has been reached and that the developer has agreed to implement what the planning commission asked,” Szakos said.
Requests include bigger walls and security cameras around the hotel, as well as future inspections of the structure's stability
If City Council discovers Dewberry has not agreed to take suitable action, it can vote to take matters into its own hands.
“This is what the owner's planning to do and we can accept it or not,” Szakos said. “Otherwise if that doesn't happen by then we will go ahead and vote on blight.”
NBC 29 has attempted to contact Dewberry to hear his side of the negotiations and plans to secure the building. He has not yet responded.
City Council's meeting starts Tuesday at 7 p.m.
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