Aug
11

Hilton Head Hotel Must Make Repairs or be Torn Down

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The Town of Hilton Head Island has issued an ultimatum to owners of the Metropolitan Hotel: either begin to fix a vacant building on hotel property by Oct. 4 or tear it down.

In a letter sent to owners Monday, town building inspector Bob Klein said the annex building on Lemoyne Avenue behind the hotel poses a safety risk to the public.

A sagging roof, exposed wires and loose guardrails that could “fly off and hurt somebody” are among the dangers, he said Thursday. “This is not a safe structure.” Attempts to reach Metropolitan Hotel representatives were unsuccessful. Hotel executives have said they plan to refurbish the annex, which has been vacant since 2008.

Last year, owner Remo Polselli said he hoped to turn the annex into a hostel as part of broader hotel renovations that would include flat-screen televisions and a remodeled lobby and pool area. On July 11, Klein received a letter from Polselli that said his company planned to spend $2 million on the hotel and annex.

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