Vote delayed 2 weeks to consider demolishing abandoned hotel on N. MacArthur Dr.

ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) –Hopes to demolish the burnt-out and abandoned Select 10 hotel and suites on North MacArthur Drive will have to wait at least two weeks after a delay at the Alexandria City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 1.

According to the agenda, council was to consider demolishing the three buildings on the property, but City Attorney Shane Williams asked council to delay the vote so the legal team could investigate the plan further.

Several business owners and city officials said it was high time the derelict building was finally demolished. They cited that the property, which has sat vacant for years, has drawn groups of homeless people, criminals and trash to one of the city’s busiest commercial corridors.

A little over a week ago, part of the old hotel was burnt down. No one was injured in the fire.

Although News Channel 5 has not yet learned the cost of demolishing the three buildings, it is expected to cost upwards of several hundred thousand dollars. The first chance for a vote on demolition could come at the next council meeting scheduled for Nov. 15. District 1 Councilman Reddex Washington said if the project is approved, demolition could be complete within weeks.

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