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Martinsville City Council seeks input on possible demolition of Paradise Inn

MARTINSVILLE, VA – Martinsville City Council is seeking the public's input regarding the possible demolition of Paradise Inn on Fayette Street.

The city says Paradise Inn was a staple of social life for African-Americans during the Civil Rights era.

The inn was a restaurant and club that hosted a number of national musical acts during its peak of business.

It closed in the mid-90’s and the building was condemned by the city in 2008.

Lack of maintenance and repairs by the property owner since that time has resulted in a continual deterioration of the building, according to the city.

Martinsville said an architectural and engineering assessment was conducted in 2018 regarding the possibility of restoring the building to a usable condition, and costs are simply prohibitive.

The subject will be discussed and residents will have an opportunity to provide input at three upcoming council meetings:

  • West End neighborhood meeting: September 26th at 7 p.m. at Albert Harris Elementary

  • City council meeting: September 27 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building

  • City council meeting: October 11 at 7 p.m. at the municipal building

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