The Motel Bollywood is closed after what City of Surrey officials describe as several “chronic” bylaw infractions over the last two years.
The city revoked the business licence for the 6670 King George Blvd. business last month and gave the owner 30 days to shut down.
Now the business has been shuttered, the lights are out and it’s only occupied by a property caretaker.
Owner Gary Khatkar had filed an appeal, but in recent days withdrew it.
Khatkar told The Leader Thursday he’s planning to sell the property to someone who will upgrade it and restart the motel.
“The person who is going to take over there, they are going to upgrade,” Khatkar said. He wouldn’t comment on his recent experience with the city.
One of the main reasons for the cancellation of the business licence, city staff say, was an alleged failure to maintain the guest registry according to the business licence bylaw.
Philip Huynh, Surrey’s assistant city solicitor, told The Leader last month there were also “continued fire safety hazards observed by the fire department (as well as) violations of the Surrey property unsightly premises bylaw.”
He said that between January 2011 and July 2012 there were 10 inspections that found violations of the business licence bylaw.
“Fire safety hazards were noted on… seven occasions,” during that same period, Huynh said. “It’s the bylaw (department’s) position that the violation of the business licence bylaw has been repeated and chronic.”
Khatkar was given the right to appeal the decision before council on Dec. 3.
However, Khatkar has withdrawn his appeal of the business licence termination.
The new owner is expected to upgrade the motel and apply for a business licence. The city says it will decide whether to issue that licence based on its own merits.