The owner of a hotel development company will have to wait another month before the Marietta City Council decides if they will grant him a variance for signs that city officials say are non-compliant and, if so, for how long.
City Manager William Bruton said that the property, which once housed a Holiday Inn, has been vacant for several years since a fire erupted in the building, causing it to close.
But, according to the city’s ordinance, signs cannot be on a property for more than 60 days if there isn’t an open business.
Mike Patel, owner of Diplomat Companies, said he has experienced numerous setbacks, including lenders failing because of the economic downturn and thefts of copper from the property at 2265 Kingston Ct. Patel told council members he thinks work on the two hotels — Candlewood Suites and Comfort Suites — could
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