Mayor's Office requests $750K to tear down Adams Inn

Mayor's Office requests $750K to tear down Adams Inn

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The Adams Inn after the July 25 fire. Source: WBRC video The Adams Inn after the July 25 fire. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

An eyesore in downtown Birmingham could be torn down soon.

City leaders met late Monday afternoon to discuss tearing down the Adams Inn as a result of a proposal from the Mayor's Office. FOX6 News has learned told that the Mayor's Office has requested $750,000 to tear down the building.

The Birmingham City Council Budget & Finance Committee is reviewing the request.

Committee Chairman and Councilor Steven Hoyt says he expects to hear more about this request at the next committee meeting. He adds that he has some questions that are sure to be asked are: how was this amount arrived at? Was there a request for proposal submitted?If so, was this the lowest amount possible?

The Adams Inn was at one point a thriving hotel when it was a Ramada Inn. But in recent years the property has deteriorated and been abandoned. Councilman Hoyt says it's a haven for vagrants, a poor introduction to the city and it has been subject to vandalism over time.

There have been fires set there before, including just this past July when a portion of the building caught fire again. The eyesore has been sitting ever since.

Hoyt says the hotel needs to be abated. But he and others, including councilor Jonathan Austin, in whose district the hotel sits both believe the property itself is prime for redevelopment.

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