DAYTONA Beach SHORES — An experience with a wrecking ball could shortly be the fate of the previous Treasure Island Resort, a gutted eyesore for almost two a long time and an unwelcome reminder of the effect of hurricanes and recession on the area’s beachside tourism business.
In the wake of the Surfside condominium collapse, the Treasure Island residence is also a reminder of the influence the components can have on a significant-rise structure just yards from the Atlantic Ocean.
The beachfront home at 2025 S. Atlantic Avenue, at the time among the long-back gems of Volusia County’s beachside tourism marketplace, is slated for an Aug. 18 condemnation listening to by the Metropolis of Daytona Beach front Shores.
The 10 a.m. listening to will be at the Shores Community Middle, 3000 Bellemead Travel. A unique magistrate will hear testimony and evidence connected to the city’s request that the 11-tale making, a weather conditions-worn concrete shell ravaged by the elements for decades, be condemned and demolished.
“The metropolis believes the building is unsafe, unsanitary and that it satisfies our definition to be condemned and it ought to be condemned,” explained Fred Hiatt, the city’s creating formal.
The city’s eight-webpage condemnation recognize, issued on July 1, delivers 19 illustrations of unsafe, unsanitary ailments the property’s main building, southern wall and its landing and stairs to the seashore.
Developing difficulties include concrete spalls and uncovered rebar “visible in various destinations, like assistance columns, partitions, floors, balconies and walkways with no restore work underway,” the observe states.
“The making is presently devoid of a roof, doors, glazing, or protections of any sort against more rebar and concrete deterioration on most surfaces,” according to the notice.
The recognize also states that the wall on the southern edge of the assets is not structurally seem, including that “it leans and is no lengthier connected to the ground in locations.”
Likewise, concrete and rebar on the building’s landing and stairs “have deteriorated away” in places, the recognize states.
Considering that March 17, 2020, the property has accrued code enforcement fines of far more than $117,000, with no evidence that the problems will be tackled, in accordance to the metropolis.
The condemnation notice also comprehensive insufficient chain-hyperlink safety fencing that permitted quick entry for trespassers. As illustrations, the observe incorporated two police studies of trespassers in the previous 90 days, 1 involving a trio of young people on the building’s fifth and sixth flooring.
Another incident concerned college or university-aged trespassers on the major ground, exactly where the metropolis observed that multiple guardrails had been missing, the notice states.
Davis: Demolition is “overdue” on Daytona Beach front Shores resort
The property’s principal proprietor is New York-centered Acres Capital LLC, which acquired the title in September 2020 during foreclosures of previous owner The Jaymor Team, in accordance to the Volusia County Residence Appraiser’s Office.
Hiatt stated that metropolis officials satisfied with Acres Funds executives last week to negotiate a prospective agreement for the proprietors to demolish the creating, but the events haven’t however been equipped to find widespread ground.
“They think it’s a $10 million or $15 million asset that demands roughly $2.5 million in concrete restoration,” Hiatt stated. “They will concur to knock down the constructing if we can give them ample to be capable to make up for decline of that asset. We were being not capable to entire the negotiation.”
For the 2021 tax year, the marketplace worth of the residence is assessed at $5,164,963, according to the Volusia County Property Appraisers Business.
Acres Funds on Wednesday expressed hope that an agreement might nonetheless be reached, explained Greg Michaels, firm spokesman.
“Acres appears to be ahead to advancing our conversations with the city of Daytona Seaside Shores, as we believe we can produce a task that adds value to the group,” Michaels mentioned. “As these are ongoing discussions, we are not able to remark even more at this time.”
Prior to the foreclosures, Ontario-primarily based Jaymor procured the previous Treasure Island Vacation resort, as well as neighboring property after residence to the Sunny Shore Vacation resort, from Philadelphia-based mostly RAIT Financial Trust for $15.9 million in 2017, in accordance to county information.
The firm declared programs in 2017 to transform the house into a 4-star resort affiliated with a properly-recognised hotel brand name. The strategies by no means materialized.
From 2017: New lodge prepared for Daytona Seaside Shores’ Treasure Island site
At the time among the the area’s landmark motels, the Treasure Island was pressured to shut in 2004 owing to problems from a string of hurricanes that year.
The Fantastic Economic downturn that started in 2008 and lasted till about 2012 then produced it monetarily unfeasible to restore and reopen. A preceding owner went into bankruptcy in 2008 and the property was tied up in litigation involving various events for various a long time.
In 2014, the Daytona Seaside Shores City Council accredited a proposed development settlement with RAIT to preserve the closed hotel. The metropolis also reached a settlement with RAIT that necessary the company to fulfill necessities for cleansing up the home in lieu of repaying code enforcement fines that experienced climbed as high as $800,000.
RAIT started off to make development on its restoration, placing a fence all over the building, throwing absent particles, tearing down some structures, painting and taking away unfastened products and carpeting from the former hotel’s interior.
But even with the periodic work on the house, the Treasure Island stays a hulking eyesore, open to the factors, slowly but surely deteriorating.
The hotel’s likely demolition will come in the wake of the recent catastrophic collapse of the Surfside condominium in South Florida, a tragedy in which nearly 100 lives have been lost. Surfside’s collapse has set an intense concentration on the structural security of beachside buildings.
For Bob Davis, president of the Lodging & Hospitality Affiliation of Volusia County, the prospect of the hotel’s demolition elicits an array of strong emotions.
A five-ten years veteran of the county’s tourism market, Davis was as soon as the vice president and normal manager of the Treasure Island Resort when the hotel was winning statewide and countrywide hospitality sector awards.
From 2016: Bob Davis recollects 50 yrs in Daytona Seaside
“I’m quite happy of what that developing represented,” Davis stated. At that identical time, he is heartbroken and angry about the point out of the building’s decline.
“I’m disheartened that in coronary heart of a attractive region like Daytona Beach Shores, on the oceanfront, that a creating like that has been allowed to be standing for so lots of years in that issue,” Davis claimed. “As significantly as tourism goes, it helps make us glimpse like Beirut. It (the demolition) is 14 several years overdue.”
Place citizens also are optimistic about the prospective for a thing new and inviting on the Treasure Island internet site.
Debra Smith, a Realtor for Coldwell Banker Premier Properties in the Daytona Seaside spot, has been a resident of the Peck Plaza condominium to the south of Treasure Island for about five several years. She hopes a fresh get started on the Treasure Island internet site might replicate the positive effect that other new hotel properties have yielded in Daytona Seashore.
“I was thrilled when the eyesore that became Really hard Rock Lodge was procured and renovated,” Smith claimed of the $40 million transformation of the infamous Desert Inn, the moment ranked amongst the dirtiest hotels in the country by TripAdvisor.
“That added a stunning property and careers and much more tourists to our area, and extra revenue,” Smith reported. “The prospect of that building (Treasure Island) being taken down and something going in that will make improvements to the location would seem like a good detail to me.”
For Sandy Murphy, a Daytona Seaside Shores resident who lives within just look at of the deserted lodge, the prospect of its demise evokes fantastic reduction.
“It would be so great to have that long gone,” said Murphy, 62, who moved to the space in 2015 from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “It is an eyesore and when we have friends, that’s 1st factor they ask about: ‘What is going on about there?'”
Murphy is dubious that a new resort can be created out of the present building just after its publicity to the things for so numerous yrs.
“That’s almost impossible to believe now, with the Surfside collapse and strategy that this is oceanfront residence that has been let go for so long,” she explained. “Having it down to ground and doing work out some way a developer can profitably construct on that spot would be so considerably much better.”