Downtown Needles, CA: Demolition may be coming to the old and abandoned Overland Hotel.

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Downtown Needles, CA: Demolition may be coming to the old and abandoned Overland Hotel.

After years of sitting abandon, collecting dust and trash, and a hangout place for vandals and do drugs inside, could the old and abandoned Overland Hotel be on the way to being demolish?

The issue came in front of the members of the Needles City Council during Executive Session before the start of the Needles City Council Meeting held on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 in Needles, California and members of the Needles City Council made their decision regarding this eyesore that has become a focus point between residents, businesses, and the City of Needles in the cleaning up blight in the community process and which property is a bigger blight and eyesore to the community and which properties are not.

Member of the Needles City Council had in front of them 2 agenda items, Agenda Item A and Agenda Item B, both related to the old and abandoned Overland Hotel and after an hour of discussion, member of the Needles City Council walked out of the next door room and sat down to have Needles City Attorney John Pinkney report on what happen inside Executive Session.

Regarding Agenda Item A;

“The City Council met in executive session to pursuing to California Government Code 54956.9(a) – Conference with Legal Counsel Existing Litigation – City of Needles vs. Keith Enterprises, L.C.C. Case Number CIVNS1100085 and the reportable action was the Council voted unanimously to authorize legal counsel to seek a count order admitting the receiver; term receiver, to demolish the structure at 710 through 712 West Broadway, also known as the Overland and request an extension of the receivership to allow time to pursue demolition of the structures. On item B, pursuing to California Government Code 54956.8 – Conference with Real Property negotiator – 710-712 West Broadway – Agency Negotiator – Needles City Manager Rick Daniels – Under Negotiation: Whether to purchase property through San Bernardino County tax sale and price and terms – Negotiating Parties: County of San Bernardino through tax sale and the reportable action, again unanimously, was to with… a letter was sent out to the County to initiate a Chapter 8 purchase of the Overland, and the decision this evening was to authorize the City Manager and staff to withdraw the request to initiate a Chapter 8 purchase of the Overland,” said Needles City Attorney John Pinkney.

As for Agenda Item B;

“On item B, pursuing to California Government Code 54956.8 – Conference with Real Property negotiator – 710-712 West Broadway – Agency Negotiator – Needles City Manager Rick Daniels – Under Negotiation: Whether to purchase property through San Bernardino County tax sale and price and terms – Negotiating Parties: County of San Bernardino through tax sale and the reportable action, again unanimously, was to with… a letter was sent out to the County to initiate a Chapter 8 purchase of the Overland, and the decision this evening was to authorize the City Manager and staff to withdraw the request to initiate a Chapter 8 purchase of the Overland,” said Needles City Attorney John Pinkney.

A total of 3 agenda items related to the old and abandoned Overland Hotel were on the Needles City Council Agenda, but after the action taken during Executive Session, the third agenda item, Agenda Item #8, was pulled off the Needles City Council Agenda.

The old and abandoned Overland Hotel, located on the 700 block of West Broadway between D Street and E Street in Downtown Needles, California, used to be a buzzing hotel stop for tourists driving along the historic and world famous Route 66 and even was next door to a dinner place serving great breakfast according to several local residents.

But the property would change over the years and became a low income apartment building.

The property would later grew into a health and safety issue with many complaints by the residents and nobody fixing the problems such as no running water and unsafe electrical wiring.

After years and years of complaints of health and safety issues, the Overland Hotel closed in August 2011 which residents were told to move out within hours to other low income properties or motel with some residents leaving some of their belongings behind because they were out of town.

Since the closure, the property has becoming a big eyesore along the West Broadway in Downtown Needles, California and many in the community wants this eyesore to be taken down.

The property sat abandon, collecting dust and trash, and a hangout place for vandals to break windows not boarded up, tagging up property walls, and reports of drugs use inside the rooms.

The City of Needles had mixed feelings on what should be done to the property with some members of the Needles City Council dreaming for the property to become student housing for the near by Palo Verde College Needles Center or for affordable housing for the community.

But all those dreams would go nowhere and the property grow to being a bigger eyesore as well as a fire hazard which in September 2013, a fire was put out by the San Bernardino County Fire Department after the smelling smoke coming from the property area which is just down the street from San Bernardino County Fire Department Station #31 which is located at 633 Front Street near D Street in Downtown Needles, California.

The very quick actions of the San Bernardino County Fire Department kept the fire to just a near by palm tree which stands along an alleyway behind the old and abandoned Overland Hotel.

After over 3 years of sitting doing nothing, many hope the property will finally be knocked down and be cleared of an eyesore that many drive by as they tour along the historic and world famous Route 66 highway.

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– Needles City Council: 12-10-2013: Executive Session: Regarding Old Overland Motel.

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