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OLD SKYKOMISH HOTEL SOLD TO OUT OF STATE BUYER
January 18, 2014
(SKYKOMISH, WA) -- The old and crumbling Skykomish Hotel, which had become the object of an ongoing feud in recent years between the owners and the city of Skykomish, has been sold.
Skykomish Hotel as it looked a couple of years ago. It looks a bit worse for wear today. Sky Valley Chronicle photo. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The sales flyer for Skykomish hotel. CLICK TO OPEN
A posting on the hotel's website Jan. 14 said:
"Mutual Acceptance has been achieved between Seller, Skykomish Hotel LLC and Buyer, an Oregon based entity. Closing is presently set for January 31, 2014.
While details, price, terms and conditions have yet to be disclosed, they are said to include buyer’s ability to take possession prior to closing (once certain conditions have been met) in order to facilitate renovation planning and construction."
The name of the buyer was not mentioned.
In Sept. 2013 the Sky Valley Chronicle reported that there had been an ongoing battle in the small town over what to do about the aging, slowly crumbling and very historic Skykomish Hotel.
The ongoing concern among some town residents has been that pieces of the 110 year old building were starting to fall off and sometimes blow off during windstorms and the fear is somebody is going to get hurt with a flying projectile soon.
Periodically someone will email the Sky Valley Chronicle with "inside dirt" on what's going on with the battle over the hotel, but they never leave a name or phone number.
The feud between the owners of the hotel and the city goes back some years. The owners claim the city did them wrong in some way, the city sees it differently and so it goes. There's been talk of the hotel being demolished but it still stands.
Prior to this recent sale announcement, the last word was the owner of the once grand hotel (Skykomish Hotel LLC which bought the building in 2000) had it up for sale for $349,000 through an agent.
KIRO-TV in Seattle did a video report in Sept, 2013 about the ongoing battle over the structure noting that while the one time hotel "Is breaking apart and showering homes with dangerous debris....a bitter court battle is in the way."
The report says the hotel had been slated for demolition in August 2013 but the city claims the owners did not file the paperwork and did not get a permit and, "Both sides have spent months filing claims in court accusing each other of harassment and wasted legal fees."