Holiday Inn Express owners have agreed to shut its doors and bring the hotel up to codes. This comes one day after NewsChannel 11 broke the story about the possibility of the hotel collapsing.
Holiday Inn Express owners casually walked into city hall with their lawyer by their side just one day after reports exposed of the hotel's safety concerns. The owners met with Lubbock city inspectors and attorneys to discuss what needs to happen next. The meeting lasted two hours. "We have decided to close for remodeling until this issue is resolved." Building inspector Steven O'Neil says the owners will have plenty of time to reconstruct the building, but the hotel must also remain closed to the public.
O'Neil says the city will be involved through the entire process. "Once we've verified there are issues and they have determined what needs to be done to correct them, then they'll come to the city with a plan in place. We'll approve it so they can get to work and correct it and open back up," said O'Neil.
Reports Reveal Public Safety Concerns with Lubbock Hotel
Two structural engineers in separate reports allege the Holiday Inn Express on Interstate 27 and Avenue Q could collapse when at full capacity.
Two structural engineers revealed public safety concerns after evaluating the original architect plans. They were concerned about the foundation, but in particular, floor joists that were holding too much weight. Engineers feared the building could collapse.
Soon after the meeting with the city, the owners started to vacate the building and relocate guests. "I just went to get me something to snack on, I came back and they said I had 40 minutes to get out," said one guest.
This story still raises a lot of questions, like how did the hotel get to this point without the city knowing about it? We're working on getting those answers and we'll have those for you in the coming days.