A hotel on Dual Highway has been shut down after inspections this morning.
The Garden Plaza Hotel on Dual Highway is where some people felt at home until recent inspections officially deemed it unsafe to stay.
“This is a nightmare to be uprooted from where you live and you’re comfortable. No notice and have to basically pack up an apartment and leave,” said Kimberly Ray, who was staying at the hotel for 8 weeks.
Ray says she was given short notice to leave yesterday morning.
“Everybody was so stressed out yesterday. People were in tears, people were running around thinking they weren’t getting their stuff,” she said.
The Hagerstown Fire Department has been involved with inspections since last year. Recently a fire in the laundry room was the initial sign that opened the doorway to a routine inspection. Hagerstown Fire Chief Steve Lohr says for the last 120 days they have worked with management to correct the deficiencies, but had no choice after continued fire violations.
“The actions or inactions of staff when a fire is reported, the inability to safely evacuate a building when a fire occurs, sprinkler systems, smoke alarm systems that are necessary to guarantee that the occupants safely get out,” said Steve Lohr, Chief of the Hagerstown Fire Department.
According to officials, the hotel has also been delinquent on it’s taxes, fees and bills for over a year and owe nearly $400,000. Ray is getting assistance from the CAC crisis intervention team and while she says the conditions at the hotel are unacceptable, she wants to see changes.
“This used to be a beautiful place to come. I’d like to see it bought by maybe somebody else or see him do something, come out of himself and create something beautiful,” said Ray.
The business owner of the hotel is Aims Investment LLC in San Francisco. We did speak to the head manager and she said she had no comment.