Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Locals and visitors passing the Town House Motel at 444 U.S. 101 may notice a brighter building, with less construction equipment in the parking lot. New owners Rann LLC., of Salinas, California, have been working on the building for months.

City Community Development Director Erik Taylor said the motel was set to reopen this month, but construction is not quite complete.

“The new owners have done a great job,” he said. “They’re doing some of the finish work and they’ll definitely be open by summer. It will be a great asset to the community and it will go a long way toward cleaning up that section of U.S. 101.”

In fall 2017, the motel was ordered into receivership by Del Norte Superior Court, due to non-compliance with code enforcement regulations.

Then interim City Manager Mike Young said he knew of the situation, saying offenses were serious enough that the city considered them a public health and safety issue.

Taylor said at that time, the city had an ongoing code enforcement case with the owner of the motel for about three years.

Now, about 16 months later, the 23-room motel is almost ready to reopen.

The process of receivership, abatement and sale are similar to that which occurred at the Gardenia Motel in Crescent City, closed by court order, put into receivership and purchased by Motel 6. It was then brought up to code and reopened under the new name with a brand new look.