New Owner Wants City to Drop Foreclosure, Waive Fines on Seminole Hotel
Officials Say "Ship Sailed," Not Waiving $265,000 in Fines
Last updated 9/17/2020 at 5:08pm
Henry Kebabjian wants to redevelop the historic Seminole Hotel in downtown Lake Wales, but his timing may be a little off.
Kebabjian bought the three-story hotel Aug. 19 at a bargain-basement price of $10,500, two months after the city's Code Enforcement Board voted to foreclose on the property. The city in 2017 declared the building unsafe, emptied it of tenants and condemned it for multiple code violations.
Recent owner Cardiff Howell of Orlando was unable to submit an acceptable renovation plan, and attempts by local developer Ray Brown to purchase the property fell through in June.