U-Haul buys abandoned Ramada Plaza in north Columbus
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- An abandoned north side hotel is getting a new life.
ABC 6 /FOX 28 has confirmed from U-Haul officials that the moving company has purchased the abandoned Ramada Plaza on Sinclair Road. U-Haul officials said the property on 4900 Sinclair Road was purchased out of bankruptcy court and is in the process of being cleaned up as a new full service U-Haul center.
According to Assistant City Attorney Bill Sperlazza, there were two court cases involving the property. One was in bankruptcy court, the other was filed by the City Attorney’s office to get the property code compliant. Sperlazza explained the bankruptcy case slowed down efforts to clean up the blighted hotel sooner.
"The bankruptcy process did make this case go on a little longer than we would hope for it to have gone. But the truth is that's the law and that's how these properties have to shake out in the bankruptcy court,” said Sperlazza.
The former Ramada Plaza had been abandoned for two years. There have been a number of issues with the old hotel including break-ins, according to city and U-Haul officials and a fire that injured a firefighter in September.
"This was not one of those places we ever thought was going to become a problem,” said Doug Moody.
Moody is president of neighborhood group, Salem Civic Association. He said he is happy to see a new chapter for the hotel.
"We're very happy to have somebody here to take care of this building."
U-Haul officials said the property will be renovated into storage space and a rental center called “U-Haul Moving & Storage of Northland.”
"The old Ramada Inn at 4900 Sinclair Road is perfect for U-Haul because it has great visibility off I-71 and it serves our adaptive reuse purposes," U-Haul Company of Ohio president Dean Haske said.
A U-Haul spokesperson said in an email that a temporary showroom will be set up at the property next week where truck and trailer rentals as well as moving supplies will be sold.
No timeline has been set for when the old hotel will be completely renovated.