Motel Plan Stalls

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• Owner, prospective buyer have 30 days to make something happen.

By MELODY BROWN-PEYTON

Of The Record Staff

One year ago Amar Patel presented Dunn City Council members with plans to build a Country Inn & Suites at the former Highway Inn motel location at 510 Spring Branch Road, which is just off interstate 95.

Amar Patel, the prospective buyer, and Sureh Patel, the current owner, can’t seem to come up with a satisfactory sale. This piece of real estate has been before the Dunn City Council a number of times, however, the owner and the purchaser keep going back and forth with the plans.

In July, the city council tabled a demolition order in order for the two men to proceed.

During the council meeting on Tuesday night, the council gave a 30-day deadline for a deal to be made where Amar Patel would be the new owner and ob- See Motel, Page 3

The prospective Country Inn & Suites has looked the same for a year or more.

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tain a building permit. If Mr. Patel is not listed as the owner at that time, the council will proceed to have the vacant building demolished.

“In my 55 years of business, I have never seen a business deal like this,” Mayor Oscar Harris.

He asked the two men what was the problem between the two of them? They didn’t respond.

Amar Patel, the prospective buyer, said since Tuesday night’s meeting, he has made some progress in communicating with the owner. He believes last night’s meeting may have helped encourage communication between the two men. He said he still wants to proceed in continuing his developement of the property.

In recent years the property has become such an eyesore that the city had began making plans to have the building demolished. The motel was known for drugs, prostitution and had become a nuisance in the community, according to Dunn Police.

Country Inn & Suites is a part of Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group with more than 1,370 hotels. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn.

• Dunn Parks and Recreation has been awarded a $350,000 N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant for improvements at Clarence Lee Tart Park. Initially, Dunn was granted partial funding, but was later told it would receive the full funding.

Dunn Recreation Director Brian McNeill said that he is excited that the requested amount was awarded. The city has accepted the awarded grant, which is a onefor- one match. This means the city must contribute at least $350,000 The city will make improvements to ballfields at Tart Park, improve the score tower, add fitness stations around the walking trail and update the walking trail and multi-purpose field.

The process for the grant began in the fall of last year when residents came out and gave input on what they would like to see at the park.

Improvements will allow for major tournaments to take place at the park, which will generate revenue to the city.

• During the council meeting, on behalf of the city, Mayor Oscar Harris presented Blount Whiteside Jr. with a resolution in appreciation for his more than 30 years of service as chairman of the board of adjustments. Mr. Whiteside moved to Dunn in 1954 and served as a state highway resident engineer for the State of North Carolina. He and his wife, Jennett, have been married for 62 years and are the parents of two daughters.

• The hours for trick-or-treating were set at 5 to 8:30 p.m. for children younger than 13.

• Dunn Public Works will begin picking up leaves Nov. 1 through Jan. 15.

• A special-called meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.

• All city offices will be closed on Friday, Nov. 10 in observance of Veterans Day.

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