09/05/11 — City Council hearing Tuesday on demolition of Gold Inn

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City Council hearing Tuesday on demolition of Gold Inn

By Ty Johnson
Published in News on September 5, 2011 1:46 PM

A public hearing concerning the use of Community Development Block Grant funds to demolish the Gold Inn on West Grantham Street will be the only hearing at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The meeting will be held at City Hall on Tuesday after the Labor Day holiday today. Council meetings are typically held on the first and third Mondays of every month.

A work session will begin in the City Hall annex at 5 p.m. with the regular meeting beginning at 7 p.m.

The city is seeking to use CDBG funds to take down the old hotel which is dilapidated and has become an "eyesore" for those coming into the city from U.S. 70 East.

The council wants to demolish the building, which has been condemned, and issue a lien on the property. If the owner doesn't pay the city for its costs to demolish and remove the building, the city will seek to foreclose on the owner's property and, after acquiring it, will likely sell it. In 2009, the property sold for $710,000.

In other business Tuesday, Paramount Theatre Director Sherry Archibald will give an update on the Paramount Theatre, including a presentation about the theater's performing arts series, which begins Oct. 1.

The council's consent agenda contains three rezoning requests and site and landscape plans for the proposed veterans clinic on Hospital Road, a sign modification for the Country Skillet and revision for the Wayne Plaza Shopping Center to include a Bank of America ATM. Also on the agenda is the approval of hanging baskets and banners downtown as proposed by the Downtown Goldsboro Development Corp. in May.

The sole item requiring individual action is the recurring conditional use permit for Dale Benton's property on Cuyler Best Road. A public hearing was held May 16 on the matter and the council has deferred its decision each time since as it has come up.