BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — A pair of Homewood businessmen have lost their appeal to keep their hotel open. The Homewood City Council voted unanimously against extending their deadline.
The Patel brothers, Sean and Mike, own the America’s Best Value Inn and Suites. They now must close up shop by Thursday. They released the following statement on the decision:
“We feel that we have been unethically and unfairly mistreated by the city of Homewood in their lack of effort in working with us. The property has already been listed for sale. We requested for an extension in time to continue operating so we would not have to board up the windows and barb-wire fence the entire property. Due to the broad visibility of our property and location, an abandoned building right off the interstate will create a major eyesore and will diminish property value for neighboring businesses and residential areas as well.
We have always gone above and beyond to comply and cooperate with the police to help clean up our community. In fact, we have audio and video evidence to support the fact that there has been no wrongdoing on our part in any manner whatsoever, and most importantly that we are not the problem. We cannot control the behavior of other people and we do not have the resources to perform criminal background checks on our guests.
The denial at the city council meeting today will not only create a negative impact to our business, but also to the neighboring businesses and residential areas. We would like the opportunity to share our side of the story at a later time in further detail.”
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