Condemnation of Hallmark Inn halted

Hallmark Inn
The Hallmark Inn on East Washington Boulevard in Fort Wayne was issued a condemnation notice on Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)   While Fort Wayne officials maintain that the Hallmark Inn has serious safety issues that must be addressed, it has halted the condemnation process to allow the property owner to go through an administrative process to address the City’s concerns.

Fort Wayne City spokesperson John Perlich sent a release on Wednesday morning notifying media that the city has vacated its emergency condemnation order of the Hallmark Inn, located at 3730 E. Washington Blvd. and, consequently, the Court has dismissed the hearing that was scheduled for today. “ 

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The announcement comes a week after the Hallmark Inn received condemnation notices from Fort Wayne Neighborhood Code Enforcement. By the end of that day, the owner, Raj Patel, had been granted a temporary injunction.

The recent press release states that the city will continue to asses the motel and if improvement aren’t made “in a reasonable period of time, the City will take further action to enforce City Code and State law.”

NewsChannel 15 had previously been told that 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.

Much of the motel had already been shut down by the Allen County Building Department for being uninhabitable.

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