GOSHEN — There’s no word yet on what may be in store for the old Goshen Inn property on the city’s south side, though there’s a possibility that could be changing within a matter of weeks.
Ownership of the now-vacant property, located at 1375 Lincolnway East, has been in flux for about a year, when members of the Elkhart County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the city of Goshen concerning the county’s transfer of tax sale certificate interests for the property to the city.
The property was originally set to go to a special public auction last spring, where bidders would have had the chance to purchase the property from the county at a fraction of the back taxes owed. However, Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman last February asked the commissioners to instead sign the property over to the Goshen Redevelopment Commission.
Kauffman said he made the proposal due to concerns that a tax sale purchase would just perpetuate a string of failed enterprises that have plagued the property for more than a decade. The property had most recently been operated as the Goshen Inn and Conference Center by Kiran “Ken” C. Patel. Patel was murdered at the motel in October 2011 by a man he had hired to help with renovating the swimming pool area. The current owner is listed as Raghe LLC.
Kauffman feels the Goshen Redevelopment Commission is best to direct the course of action for the troubled, but valuable property. The county commissioners agreed.
The transfer of ownership has been working its way through the legal system, but the process has been slow, as there are numerous hurdles city and county officials must jump through before the process is finalized. Such hurdles include ensuring all parties involved are notified, allowing the property owners a designated amount of time to pay the delinquent taxes, etc.