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Seminole Hotel Owner Asks City to Halt Foreclosure, Waive Fines


Last updated 12/2/2020 at 2:52pm

Rendering of Seminole Hotel exterior redevelopment as envisioned by Henry Kebabjian.

Henry Kebabjian is not giving up on his plans to redevelop the historic Seminole Hotel and is still hoping to convince Lake Wales city commissioners to drop their foreclosure action, waive code enforcement fines and allow him to go forward with the project.

Kebabjian told commissioners at their Dec. 1 meeting that he now has more than $40,000 invested in the hotel, which he purchased for $10,500 in August. He said he has purchased property for parking south of the hotel on First Street, ordered an appraisal, and hired contractors for electrical, plumbing, painting and a fire sprinkler syste...

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Reader Comments(1)

gator63 writes:

Based on the Walesbilt project, the city would be better served by sitting down with the owner and working out a time schedule for completion. Then reduce the fines according to amount spent by the owner in making the renovations. The city should also hire an outside project management firm to oversee the work.


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