Danville shuts down Oaklawn Inn for code violations
DANVILLE — Danville city officials shut down the Oaklawn Inn on East Main Street today, deeming it uninhabitable due to various code violations including no working fire alarm system, according to Mayor Scott Eisenhauer.
All guests of the hotel’s main facility at 1824 E. Main St. must be out by noon Wednesday, according to Eisenhauer.
On June 2, a fire destroyed the Oaklawn Inn’s annex across the street from the main facility, but no one was injured in that blaze that left the annex a large pile of rubble. The annex and hotel are owned by Roger Patel. Both buildings housed people short-term and long-term.
The city has been working with Patel to get the rubble cleaned up. Eisenhauer said Patel was also notified today that he has failed to meet the 30-day time requirement to remove the debris from the fire site, which is a threat to public health and safety, so the city will begin removing the debris as soon as all gas and electric sources are disconnected.
Patel will be responsible for the city’s costs, he said.
The Patel family also owns the nearby Danville Bar and Grill, 1827 E. Main St., and Eisenhauer said that facility is no longer operating as of Sunday, by choice of the owners, due to an unrelated matter that involves violations of the facility’s liquor license.
Eisenhauer said the facility’s previous liquor license expired Saturday, and the city denied the facility’s application for a new license due to violations.