However, according to Goshen Community Development Director Mark Brinson, there’s a chance the acquisition process could soon be headed toward a resolution.
“It’s in court right now, so it’s still active, but we have not received final word from the court and don’t have title to the property at this point,” Brinson said from his office Friday. “But things are continuing to move forward. ... The property is a prime example of how abandoned properties can have a negative impact on our community. The city is anxious to take possession of this nuisance property as soon as possible, so we can begin the redevelopment process.”
Brinson said that while demolition is a possible option for the old property, he thought it might be better to first put out a Request for Proposals, or RFP, to the community to see if there is anyone with a viable plan and the ability to finance a project that would not require demolition.
“Either option would be on the table,” Brinson said.
He added that city officials are holding off on exploring plans until the property is firmly in their hands.
“We haven’t even really begun the process of marketing the property, because we’re still waiting to see if we will take ownership at some point,” Brinson said. “So we want to wait until that point before dedicating any staff and resources to marketing the site. But we’re hopeful it will get resolved soon, because we know it’s a problem property and something the community is concerned about.”
Gladys Rosas, an employee of the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 1415 Lincolnway East, couldn’t agree more.
Rosas said she drives by the dilapidated Goshen Inn property every day on her way to work, and is more than ready to see something done with the property.