Hagerstown’s fire marshal plans to condemn the Garden Plaza Hotel on Feb. 1 due to numerous code violations and public-safety issues.
“It has gotten to the point where, through the (Sept. 11) homicide, the two reported fires and through the city’s public-safety responses, the city is concerned about the health, safety and welfare of individuals visiting and residing at the hotel,” said Erin Anderson, the city’s communications manager. “Certain circumstances could cause significant injury or significant loss of life.”
The hotel at 901 Dual Highway has been on the city’s radar for quite some time, including the homicide to which Anderson referred. Raymond Duke Trotman, 42, is accused of fatally shooting 19-year-old Desean Que McNair at the hotel on Sept. 11. Police have not caught Trotman, who is facing counts of murder and other charges.
The Hagerstown City Council, Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven, Fire Chief Steve Lohr, Police Chief Victor Brito and other city officials met in December to discuss issues surrounding the hotel.
The hotel includes 200 rooms — 147 in a two-story section and 53 in a rear tower.
It is adjacent to Hager Hall Conference and Event Center, Barefoot Bernie’s restaurant and Cancun Cantina West nightclub, all of which are under different ownership and shouldn’t be affected by the condemnation, Anderson said.
According to Washington County and Maryland state records, the property is owned by Millennium Hospitality Holdings LLC. It is unclear if it is managed by a different agency.