Inspections revealed issues at Valley Plaza hotels as early as 2020

According to inspection reports the Daily News obtained from the City of Midland, the condemned hotels at 5217 and 5221 Bay City Road posed safety and health risks for years before the properties closed on August 26.

The Midland Fire Department conducted hotel inspections in August 2020, October 2020 and February 2022.

A more recent inspection of the two buildings was conducted on Aug. 11, 2022, by the City of Midland Building Department and Fire Department “in response to complaints from individuals regarding the condition of the Best Western Hotel,” according to the city. This August 26 inspection led the city to condemn the two buildings, which belong to Bhavin Patel.

One person who recently pointed out the poor condition of the hotels was Barbara Horsey, a Clarkston resident who hosted the Siberian Husky Club of America’s national specialty event last week at the Great Hall in Valley Plaza. This event is the club’s annual national competition, Horsey said. This year was the second time since 2013 that it was held in Midland. However, this year’s event saw only about half the attendance of the 2013 event due to the two hotel condemnations.

Since the event took place at the Great Hall, Horsey said the organization has fully booked one of two hotels for the event, as well as plenty of campsites at the nearby campground.

After Patel abruptly canceled all 70 hotel rooms and 40 campsites, Horsey said she visited the hotels to meet him. She could not get in touch with the owner and manager. She said the rooms smell musty and musty, and said she sent pictures to Midland City Attorney Jim Branson when she saw the condition of the building.

Due to these cancellations, many people who wanted to enter their dogs in the show were unable to, due to a sudden lack of nearby viable hotels to stay in with their dogs.

While the non-profit husky club was financially unaffected by the drop in attendance, Horsey said revenue from the Great Hall has been cut in half as the club buys less food for the small crowd.

However, despite the reduced number of attendees, she understood the city’s decision to force hotels to close.

“Oh my God, it was awful there,” Horsey said.

The hotel at 5221 Bay City Road was affiliated with Best Western until October 2021, but is no longer a Best Western property.

On February 18, 2022, the Midland Fire Department conducted an inspection of the fire alarm systems at 5221 Bay City Road. The inspection report stated “Action Required” and stated that the fire alarm in the building had “reached the end of its useful life”, that parts were no longer being manufactured for the alarm system in the building. and that the fire alarm was not transmitting alarms.

An October 27, 2020 inspection report of building 5221 specified 13 code violations, but also stated that each of the violations had been corrected. An inspection was conducted the same day of Building 5217 and identified six violations, all of which were also corrected.

An August 19, 2020 inspection report of Building 5221 specified 12 violations, the status of which was listed as “Action Required”. An inspection report for Building 5217 on the same day specified six violations, the status of which was listed as “Action Required”.

Patel told the Daily News on August 30 that he intended to carry out all required repairs specified in the city’s condemnation letter, in order to reopen the hotels. He also said he plans to sell the two buildings within about six months to a party that intends to open an assisted living facility in the buildings.

The Daily News has asked Patel for comment on the current status of the two condemned hotels.

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