ANOTHER MAJOR SETBACK FOR THE TROUBLED RIDPATH HOTEL.
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO OPEN IN JUNE.
AS MICRO APARTMENTS..
BUT A LEAK -- DAMPENED THREE FLOORS -- AND ANY HOPE
OF MOVING FORWARD.
IN A STORY YOU'LL SEE ONLY ON KXLY 4 NEWS, OUR OWN
IAN CULL WAS INVITED INSIDE TO SEE THE DAMAGE.
IAN IS THERE LIVE FROM THE HOTEL.
IAN, HOW BAD IS IT?
ON THE OUTSIDE -- EVERYTHING LOOKS THE SAME EXCEPT
FOR THE GARBAGE CHUTE.
THAT'S BECAUSE INSIDE -- MAJOR DEMOLITION AND CLEANING
THE RIDPATH IS FULL OF HISTORY -- BUT HAS A TROUBLED
RON WELLS, RIDPATH DEVELOPER @ 8
Here they've taken the carpet out.
THE LATEST PROBLEM ONLY ADDS TO THAT TIMELINE.
A LITTLE OVER A MONTH AGO, A FIRE SUPPRESSION WATER
SPRINKLER PIPE BURST BETWEEN THE 4TH AND 5TH FLOOR.
RON WELLS, RIDPATH DEVELOPER @ 9
That wall was soaked and so was the ceiling.
THE WATER LEAKED THROUGH THE ROOMS -- THE LOBBY --
ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE MAIN CIRCUIT BREAKER IN THE
BASEMENT OF THE PARKING LOT -- WHICH DROWNED IN TWO
FEET OF WATER.
RON WELLS, RIDPATH DEVELOPER @ 10
This was a completely finished floor two months ago.
DEVELOPER RON WELLS GAVE US AN EXCLUSIVE LOOK AT WHAT
HE SAYS IS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN DAMAGE.
FLOORS 2-4 GOT THE WORST OF IT.
HALLWAYS -- COMPLETELY GUTTED.
IT LOOKS LIKE CONSTRUCTION IS UNDERWAY -- WHEN IT'S
JUST THE OPPOSITE.
RON WELLS, RIDPATH DEVELOPER @ 11
It's going to be another two months, or three months
before we can even start our work.
IAN CULL, KXLY @ :40 12
It only takes a few seconds to see how bad the damage
is, but if you take a few steps you can see some of
the rooms were virtually untouched, and look just
as they did when the hotel was shut down in 2008.
FLOORS FIVE AND ABOVE ARE STILL IN GOOD SHAPE.
THE DAMAGE WILL BE PAID FOR BY INSURANCE.
BUT WELLS SAYS THE LARGE CLAIM STILL WON'T BENEFIT
HIS FUTURE CONSTRUCTION PLANS.
RON WELLS, RIDPATH DEVELOPER @ 13
None of this tear out here was ever planned.
This will just take longer to rebuild and replace.
A BUILDING THAT'S BEEN CLOSED FOR 6 YEARS, VANDALIZED,
AND BEEN THROUGH COUNTLESS DISPUTES AMONG MULTIPLE
OWNERS -- WAS ALMOST ON ITS WAY TO A NEW LIFE.
WELLS SAYS -- IT JUST NEEDS ANOTHER CHANCE -- AGAIN.
RON WELLS, RIDPATH DEVELOPER @ 14
I'm not going to give up on this, I'm too close to
having it done.
WELLS SAYS THE PIPES WERE FILLED WITH WATER AND ANTIFREEZE
TO PREVENT THE PIPES FROM FREEZING AND BURSTING.
HE PLANNED TO FINISH THE APARTMENTS BY JUNE -- BUT
NOW -- THAT'S WHEN CONTRUCTION WILL START.
ITS FIRST RESIDENTS MAY MOVE IN BY NOVEMBER.
IAN CULL, KXLY 4 NEWS.