HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) – Action is being taken to clean up a historic hotel after a fire ripped through part of it. Tuesday night, the Hot Springs Board of Directors voted to condemn part of the Majestic Hotel.
"I don't think you can do it 30 days. I don't it can be done," said Ray Owens Jr. as he was making a closing argument to buy more time for his client.
Owens is representing the owner of the Majestic Hotel, Gary Hassenflu.
"I know that if you started with trucks immediately tomorrow morning trying to haul the debris off, it probably isn't going to be done in 30 days."
City attorney Brian Albright said it doesn't have to be completely cleaned up in that timeframe, but they need to get started on removing the debris and the safety hazard.
He said, "It's very important to get it cleaned up for the health, safety, and welfare of people."
Because of that, city leaders said they'll be ready to step in immediately if action isn't being taken at a reasonable rate.
The owner is still interested in rehabilitating the rest of the Majestic. Owens said if for some reason the property owner couldn't take care of this and the city had to step in, he wanted to make sure the other buildings wouldn't be affected.
Redevelopment is what the city is hoping for.
All fire and rescue departments that helped out were recognized and thanked in Tuesday's meeting.
Additionally, restaurants and other businesses in downtown Hot Springs were also thanked for providing food and support during the fire.
In turn, the city provided food for them in the meeting.