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The hotels at 5217 Bay City Road and 5221 Bay City Road were condemned by the City of Midland Building Department on Friday, Aug. 26, 2022.
A scheduled arraignment and pretrial hearing for Bhavin Patel, the owner of two condemned Bay City Road hotels, has been postponed to Jan. 30, 2023.
The arraignment was scheduled for Monday afternoon before Judge Michael Carpenter in Midland County’s 75th District Court, but was postponed due to medical issues facing Patel’s family, according to the court administrator.
Patel faces a total of 126 charges, 84 of which are listed under his LABH Hospitality company and 42 of which are listed under his SUBH Hospitality company. All the charges are in the category of “non-traffic civil infraction and parking ordinance civil infraction non-traffic.”
LABH Hospitality owns the hotel at 5221 Bay City Road, and SUBH Hospitality owns the hotel right behind it at 5217 Bay City Road. The hotels, located in the City of Midland but just inside Bay County, were condemned by the city on Aug. 26 for numerous code violations.
These violations included four electrical issues, three mechanical issues, four plumbing issues, 15 building issues, along with “numerous violations of the International Fire Code” and a “Threat to public health and the public water system due to known cross contamination and underground leaks.”
Patel was arrested in Midland on Nov. 7 on 19 charges of failure to appear, and bonded out of jail.
In addition, the two hotel properties have accumulated $337,058.47 in delinquent property taxes for 2020 and 2021, owed to Bay County.
The property at 5217 Bay City Road has $201,571.63 in delinquent property taxes: $109,180.46 from 2020 and $92,391.17 from 2021.
The property at 5221 Bay City Road has $135,486.84 in delinquent taxes: $73,418.66 from 2020 and $62,068.18 from 2021.
If any 2020 delinquent taxes are not paid by March 2023, the corresponding property would be foreclosed and would then belong to Bay County.
Patel also faced a lawsuit filed by Best Western International, Inc., over his use of the Best Western name and logo with the 5221 property after his franchise membership agreement was terminated in 2021.
In a complaint filed March 14, 2022 in U.S. District Court in Arizona, Best Western International sued LABH Hospitality, Bhavin Patel and Manishaben Patel. Judge G. Murray Snow issued a judgment on Oct. 12, 2022, awarding $240,063.92 to Best Western International after Patel failed to appear in court.
In addition, LABH Hospitality was sued on April 22, 2020 in U.S. District Court in the state of New York by Deborah Laufer, alleging discrimination against Laufer by the Theater Motel in Westfield, New York, due to violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
On Sept. 3, 2020, U.S. District Court filed a document saying that LABH Hospitality “is in Default for failure to appear or otherwise defend as required by law, Default is hereby entered as against said defendants.”
Dan Chalk was born in Midland and graduated from Midland High School in 1989 and from Adrian College in 1994. He had a six-year teaching career both overseas in the Peace Corps and in Michigan, which overlapped slightly with his journalism career. He has worked for the Midland Daily News since 1998.