Potential buyers interested in condemned Adams Inn property

Potential buyers interested in condemned Adams Inn property

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Rather than spend $1 million knocking down the building, the city hopes to sell it. Source: WBRC video Rather than spend $1 million knocking down the building, the city hopes to sell it. Source: WBRC video
The abandoned Adams Inn motel caught on fire on Wednesday night. Source: WBRC The abandoned Adams Inn motel caught on fire on Wednesday night. Source: WBRC
Source: WBRC video Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

What used to be the Ramada Hotel then the Adams Inn has been vacant for more than a decade, and an eyesore for just as long.

But the line between ugliness and danger has been crossed repeatedly when the abandoned building has caught on fire and firefighters rushed in to put out the blaze in the middle of collapsing walls.

The most recent fire broke out Wednesday night around 8 p.m. No one was injured and firefighters brought it under control, but Battalion Chief C.W. Mardis says something needs to be done to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"It is frustrating. You have property owners in downtown Birmingham that are somewhat responsive but not totally," Don Lupo with the City of Birmingham said.

"Fires like this happen, it's really a blight on the community, it's an eyesore to everybody that comes up and down I-65," Lupo added.

The property's owner lives in Atlanta and Fox6 News was unable to reach him today on four different phone numbers listed on various property records.

But city officials say he has responded at times when a fence got knocked down or the windows needed boarding up.

"He hasn't been totally unresponsive. He hasn't moved at the speed of light, which everybody would like," Lupo said.

The city has already condemned the property and has the option of knocking this building down, but that could cost up to a million dollars that the city might never get back or wouldn't see for a long time.

Fox6 News has learned the city is trying to help set up a sale because the Salvation Army is interested in building a new campus here, and the BJCC would like to purchase the Salvation Army's current property.

But those negotiations haven't produced any results yet.

"The mayor would love to see something sitting here that looked good, that was bringing in money to the city. The mayor is actively involved in this," Lupo said.

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