Great Bend residents comment on abandoned hotel

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Kirsten Curran makes tacos at the Great Bend Taco Restaurant, and across the street, she looks out at a deserted hotel building that she said was once a fancy place.

“The hotel used to be really popular there,” she said. “It was like the main hotel in town, and it’s kind of gone downhill a bit.”

“It was a really fancy hotel,” she said. “It had a really nice restaurant inside.”

But today, it has a different reputation.

“I think it’s an eyesore,” said former hotel employee Kirsten Curran. “Either renovate where it needs to be up to its expectation, or somebody remodels it or just tear it down.”

However, City Attorney Bob Suelter said the city can’t easily do that.

“The hotel is under private ownership,” he said. “The city can’t really do anything to knock the building down or take it away from anybody because it’s not a non-safe or dangerous structure.”

But if the owners can’t or won’t maintain the lot, he said the city can sell the property at the owner’s expense.

“We’re going to make the owners keep it up,” Suelter said. “We’re going to do what we can do to make it presentable, not have the grass grow in the parking lots. If there’s windows that go out, we’re going to notify them by mail.”

For now, he said the code enforcement officers will be charging the owners around $250 to maintain the property and make it look presentable

He said the owners have expressed ideas to renovate the lot, but there are no specific plans.

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