What will happen to the old Macon Ramada Hotel?

On Thursday, the owner of the old Ramada hotel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

MACON, Georgia – As a new boutique hotel opens in downtown Macon, discussions continue over what to do with a prominent sight of downtown Macon’s skyline – the old Ramada hotel.

After being vacant for a decade, the fate of the old hotel building became even more uncertain in the past week.

On Thursday, the owner of the old Ramada hotel filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

If approved, Chapter 11 owner Ruby would protect Sangha from his creditors as he devises a plan to pay off the hotel’s debts.

According to court documents, the hotel’s debts include more than $67,000 in unpaid taxes in Bibb County.

Last August, the Canadian businessman told 13WMAZ that he had invested more than $12 million in renovations.

“It’s totally changed—all new floors, all cornices instead of wallpaper, paint,” Sangha said.

Shortly after our interview, he said he was running out of money, so he put the business up for sale.

“Now it’s been there for years and years and years,” said Commissioner Elaine Lucas.

Luke is right. It has been empty for ten years now, so many are wondering: will the province step in to help?

Many commissioners say the province does not need to intervene to help Sangha save the building.

“I don’t think we should pay for it,” said Commissioner Al Tillman.

“What would you do with it now? I’m just not sure because it would take a lot of money to get it back in shape,” said Commissioner Valerie Wynn.

Mayor Lester Miller even brought up the idea of ​​demolition — something Urban Development Authority executive director Alex Morrison says may be the only option.

“The best scenario for this building might be to appear in some kind of movie — an explosion where it’s leveling out,” Mayor Lester Miller told 13WMAZ in October.

Commissioner Lucas says she is urging the county’s urban development authority, the industrial authority and the Macon-Bibb administration to figure out the best option for the building sooner or later.

“They need to come back with some options of handing it over to someone else who can tear it down if it’s in such a state of disrepair that it can’t be salvaged, or come up with a plan for renovation.” said Luke.

As we mentioned, Hotel Forty Five got a $23 million bond deal to get the construction off the ground.

In this case, Morrison says the UDA along with the Industrial Authority offered the owner of the Ramada a deal in 2014. He says Sangha walked away from the deal.

We reached for Sangha. He didn’t respond.

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