In a 4-2 vote, the Village Board has approved a measure to begin the process of condemnation for the troubled Hiway House Motor Inn at 3023 Godfrey Road.
While the village chose to move forward on the condemnation following a report by Building and Zoning Administrator Laura Dixon that few improvements have been made, Trustee Sarah Johnes said she wanted to make clear Godfrey would still prefer the improvements are made in a timely manner so the move would not have to happen.
Dixon estimates only about 15 percent of the necessary modifications have been completed. Mayor Mike McCormick said the condemnation process will take approximately one year.
“We do not want (the owners) to just give up on fixing it because they hear the word condemnation,” Johnes said. “We would still like to have them as part of Godfrey and be a successful business. We want to encourage them to fix the building and make it better.”
Trustees Mark Stewart and Joe Springman voted against the condemnation process, and Stewart said he feels it is premature to take this step while work is still being done.
“It doesn’t bother me if it takes two years rather than one year,” Stewart said. “I would continue to work with them.”
Last May, the owners were ordered by the village to evacuate occupants of the motel, following a report of code violations including lighting, fire safety and electrical issues.