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June 20, 2018

Warrenton’s Cheswick Motel slated for demolition

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Only a maintenance worker remains at the Cheswick, where 20 people recently rented rooms for $49 a night or $250 a week.
They are aware that they allowed the building to get to this point and intend to move forward with boarding the building up and eventually tearing it down.
— Warrenton Community Development Director Brandie Schaeffer
Cheswick Motel
• What: One-story motel

• Where: 4 acres at 394 Broadview Ave., Warrenton 

• Built: 1960

• Building: 15,958 square feet

• Rooms: 32

• Owner: Goal L.C., Giancarlo Oderda of Palm City, Fla.

• Estimated demolition costs: $100,000

• Assessed value: $3.4 million for real estate tax purposes

• Listed for sale: At $2.9 million with RE/MAX Regency
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Its owner plans to demolish the dilapidated Cheswick Motel in Warrenton.

Town officials last month ordered extensive repairs or demolition of the 58-year-old structure at 394 Broadview Ave. after an inspection revealed numerous health and safety violations.

“I can tell you pretty confidently it’s not going to be a rehabilitation,” Warrenton lawyer Scott Hook, who represents the owner, said in a phone interview Wednesday morning. “Ultimately, the goal is to tear it down. The town will give us a brief continuance to look at costs.”

Mr. Hook represents Giancarlo Oderda of Palm City, Fla., who owns the property under Goal LC, according to town real estate records.

“We are looking at costs now and have actively looked at bids from (four) companies,” Mr. Hook said.

He estimated the demolition and disposal costs at $100,000.

Mr. Hook hopes to deliver a more detailed plan to town officials within two weeks.

The May 17 inspection of the Cheswick revealed extensive water damage and wood rot, ventilation issues, mold and mildew, electrical hazards, a leaking water heater, numerous other building violations and “unsanitary” conditions, according to the town.

Warrenton Community Development Director Brandie Schaeffer on May 30 sent a letter detailing the violations by certified mail to Mr. Oderda in Florida.

About 20 people lived at the Cheswick, deemed “unfit for human occupancy” by the town. They paid $49 a day or $250 a week per room.

“As far as I know, everyone has (been removed from the motel),” Mr. Hook said. “We had stopped taking payments for the hotel this week. I do believe we have a maintenance person on site to secure the property, because an abandoned property would invite trouble.

“We don’t always agree with what the town said, but Ms. Schaeffer has been open to work with us and we appreciate that,” he added.

Ms. Schaeffer updated the town planning commission on the situation during its monthly meeting Tuesday night.

“They are aware that they allowed the building to get to this point and intend to move forward with boarding the building up and eventually tearing it down,” Ms. Schaeffer said of the owner.

“We’ve extended the time frame for them (by 14 days), and they are submitting a plan to us with a formal timeline and schedule,” she said. “At this time, it’s amenable and we are moving forward.

“We have met with social services . . . to assist the residents and have moved two at-risk residents to a new location,” Ms. Schaeffer said.

Listed for sale at $2.9 million, the motel and its four acres have an assessed value of $3.4 million for real estate tax purposes.

Last year, German grocery giant Lidl withdrew its application to replace the Cheswick, built in 1960, with a 36,000-square-foot store on the property.

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BJ · June 21, 2018 at 9:37 am
About time. There many properties in the area that are in as bad or worse shape.
Rover 530 · June 20, 2018 at 8:54 pm
Great decision. Now, Warrenton and Fauquier County need to go after the other flea-bag motels in the area.
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