April 2, 2012 in City, News

City will enforce full closure of Ridpath

By The Spokesman-Review

After several inspections, the city is demanding that the owners of the decrepit Ridpath Hotel building clean up the property.
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The last tenant of the former Ridpath Hotel in downtown Spokane will no longer be allowed to operate there.

The city of Spokane announced today that it will enforce a “no occupy order” on Diamond Parking, which operated parking in the hotel’s garage. Jersey barriers will be placed by the city in front of the garage this week.

After the hotel closed in 2008, the complex was sold off in pieces, creating a complicated web of ownership. Foreclosure and legal entanglements about owners’ rights to utilities, access and other issues have sparked lawsuits and created significant challenges in meeting the city’s demands.

The city has especially been concerned about the lack of operational fire protection systems in the building. Owners have also had trouble preventing people from breaking into the structure.

“We are aware of the challenges in regards to the ownerships of the building, but those challenges do not outweigh the responsibility of the city to safeguard the citizens, emergency response personnel and property that may be affected,” said Dan Skindzier, the city’s deputy building official in a letter to Diamond Parking from March 5, when the order was first given.

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