Troubled historic hotel up for sale after manager’s arrest
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Owners of Juneau’s condemned Bergmann Hotel have put the historic building up for sale, days after its former manager was arrested on suspicion of distributing methamphetamine.
Breffni Place Properties announced on Sunday it will attempt to sell the hotel as well as two other nearby houses that have been the subject of police raids, the Juneau Empire reported .
Dave D’amato, who has power of attorney for the Barrett family, which owns the hotel, said the low-income residents of the hotel were causing problems in the surrounding area. He called the hotel the epicenter of a crisis.
The Barrett family tried to partner with the Alaska Mental Health Trust to combat the hotel’s problems, but it didn’t work out, D’amato said. “This neighborhood is in crisis,” he said.
The owners are looking for a civic-minded organization to purchase the properties, D’amato said.
The hotel was condemned in March after it was deemed unsafe for human occupancy. Police had to escort multiple people out of the hotel after the evacuation notice, one of whom was the accused ex-manager, Charles E. Cotten Jr.
Officers had to again kick people out in July.
Mary E. Bergmann built the hotel in 1913 originally as a boarding house for miners. It’s included in the National Register of Historic Places.
Information from: Juneau (Alaska) Empire, http://www.juneauempire.com