Walsh Hotel update
BRIAN Lamoreaux, whose investment company owns the Walsh Hotel, said he plans to follow through with the remediation work required by the city of Alamosa and will hold onto the property and not demolish it per the city’s order.
City Manager Heather Brooks had sent a letter to Lamoreaux on July 25 calling for the demolition of the Walsh since Lamoreaux had failed to complete the agreed upon remediation by a June 30 deadline.
“We are now left with no choice but to move forward with demolition,” Brooks wrote, and gave Lamoreaux 30 days to provide the city with a contract for asbestos mitigation and demolition, with the work to begin no later than Sept. 26.
Lamoreaux, in a telephone interview Monday, said he’s planning to go forward with the original remediation work, calling it a “minor cleanup.” He said the city was more upset that it’s “kind of a public nuisance.” He said he has plans for the building but isn’t ready to discuss them.
The city’s letter to Lamoreaux is HERE.
“To a certain extent, that ship has sailed,” Brooks said in an email exchange. “He has had plenty of time to remediate the situation and has not. He has until August 25th to present a copy of a contract for demolition to occur within a specific timeframe.”
She said if Lamoreaux doesn’t submit a contract for the asbestos mitigation and demolition, the city will move forward with demolition and place the charges as a tax lien.
In the July letter, Brooks said the city is willing to purchase the Walsh for the price Lamoreaux paid for it – $50,000 – and then take responsibility for the demolition or other corrective action.
Lamoreaux’s BPL Ventures, LLC, was incorporated in 2020 and lists a head office in Pagosa Springs, according to Colorado corporate filings.