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Hotel's pending demolition expected to benefit economy

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It's a hotel that looks almost as hospitable as a haunted house.

"It's in bad shape," said Carolyn Brezzell.

As scary as it is, the old Ramada Inn on Pierson Road is one of the first things drivers see coming to the Flint area year-round.

Deb Cherry heads the Genesee County Land Bank.

"Everybody passes it on the expressway. You know how bad it is," Cherry said.

But it will soon be a forgotten nightmare.

"It had its life, and it's time for it to be gone," Cherry said.

The hotel has had a lifetime of woes.

Its owners changed like the sheets in the rooms. And in 2006, a fire in the restaurant was a nail in the coffin.

Cherry said bringing down the building will benefit the economy.

"The business people around that area, they're ecstatic, because they know it's going to stabilize the area," Cherry said.

First, crews will remove the asbestos, and then the work to knock it down will begin.

It's going to cost about $900,000 and federal, state and local money will be used to pay for it.

And it should all be done by April.

"It's prime location, that's right, so it will be interesting to see what kind of offers we get for that property," Cherry said.

Some think squashing the building's haunt will be enough to help the area bounce back.

"It couldn't hurt. One less eyesore," Brezzell said.

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