It appears there may be a buyer for the Colonial Manor Motel.
Local attorney John Shaffer and principals from Shree Hari Ohio Hospitalities LLC, a company registered in Chicago, confirmed to The Bryan Times Tuesday they have signed a purchase agreement for Colonial Manor Motel, which has been closed since Aug. 31, when Bryan police served a temporary restraining order on motel management.
Responding to ongoing complaints and declaring it a public nuisance, Bryan City Prosecutor Rhonda Fisher in late August filed for an injunction and Williams County Common Pleas Court Judge J.T. Stelzer granted a temporary closure.
A hearing originally scheduled for Sept. 11 has been rescheduled for Nov. 19.
The injunction was filed due to what Fisher last month termed ongoing “criminality” at the 51-room motel, at 924 E. High St. Fisher said Bryan police have responded to more than 200 calls to the address since May 2016, when the motel came under ownership of Bhagavandas (“Bee”) Patel, operating as Vigneshwar Inc.
In addition, Bryan Fire Department has responded to more than 40 calls since 2016, and there have been 86 recorded violations in that time period by the Ohio Fire Marshal, Fisher said.
In comments to The Times last month, Fisher also made reference to several high-profile incidents at the motel since 2016, including a man stabbed to death there on June 23, 2019.
Ryan K. Dangerfield, 39, of Reading, Michigan, has pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, a first-degree felony, to fatally stabbing then-23-year-old Bryan resident Dylan Bible. His sentencing is set for Thursday.
Fisher said as part of the temporary closing, the city requested that Patel sell the motel. She acknowledged that it is “unusual” and the first time the city has taken such action in years, but maintained it was “necessary because of the issues of criminality going on there.”
Both Shaffer and Fisher said Tuesday that Shree Hari Ohio Hospitalities LLC has signed a purchase agreement with a closing date of Jan. 5, 2021. Shaffer said Shree Hari is seeking approval of occupancy prior to that date.
Fisher, however, said the city opposes that request because state law prevents occupancy without a signed deed and state license. She said the purchaser can finalize the sale and move up the closing date to legally take occupancy sooner, but has not yet done so.
Fisher said she met last week with Shaffer, on behalf of the prospective purchasers, and the state fire marshal, to try to work out a solution. “We have tried to work with them as much as possible (but) they cannot operate without a deed of ownership and a state license,” Fisher said Tuesday.
Shaffer identified the three principles of Shree Hari Ohio Hospitalities LLC, as Vicktor and Kunal Patel, who are father and son, and a third business partner, and said they currently operate a motel in East St. Louis, Illinois.
“They are successful and I am fully confident they will be a great addition to the community,” Shaffer said.
In a phone call Tuesday, Kunal Patel confirmed to The Bryan Times that he is a principle in Shree Hari Ohio Hospitalities LLC, and the company has signed a purchase agreement for the Colonial Manor Motel, but otherwise declined comment until the sale is finalized.