FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The owner of the Hallmark Inn has been granted a temporary injunction that will keep the motel from being condemned by Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code Enforcement. The condemnation notice was issued because of sanitation issues and other problems just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday and was set to take effect at 3 p.m Wednesday.
The owner, Raj Patel of Kunjraj LLC, went to court to fight the condemnation. A court hearing has been scheduled for March 12 according to John Perlich, a spokesperson for the City of Fort Wayne.
The condemnation was announced during a morning news conference at Citizens Square in downtown Fort Wayne. The Hallmark Inn is located at 3730 East Washington Boulevard on the city’s east side. Half of the motel’s room had already been condemned for being uninhabitable by the Allen County Building Department.
Officials indicated that the possible reason why Patel hadn’t invested much money on fixes for the motel was that we was considering changing the use of the property.
Forty-six units were still occupied. Among the tenants were seven sex offenders. They would have had three days to notify the Allen County Sheriff’s Department of an address change since it’s in charge of keeping track of registered sex-offenders.
Neighborhood Code had been working with Patel since February of 2013 to address issues associated with the building and that the condemnation process was complaint driven. Patel is said to own other properties in Fort Wayne, however they are not associated with the problems at the Hallmark Inn.
It’s believed the property has been deemed unsafe to occupy due to various building code violations. Some items being questioned include the structural integrity of the foundation and parts of the building that may be susceptible to collapse.
Some guests have already left and received refunds, but dozens of people were still in the motel overnight.