3 years ago by Bob Gough
City Committee questions why building's property taxes went up 25 percent
The City of Quincy's Economic Development Loan Committee is beginning the foreclosure process on the Newcomb Hotel.
The company, Newcomb Realty LLC, owes the City $487,537 in principal, interest, fees and back taxes on the property on the southeast corner of 4th and Maine. The principal balance is $410,323.
The Committee voted to have the City’s Legal Department begin the process.
Committee members also voted to pay the 2011 property taxes due on the building. Approximately $17,000 will come out of the City’s discretionary loan fund. The Committee took a second vote to attempt to find out why the building’s taxes went up 25 percent compared to the 2010 taxes.
Another company, 3 Diamond Development, had stepped forward in an attempt to turn the historic hotel into an assisted living facility with a $15 million renovation. But that deal fell through earlier this year.
Victor Horowitz and his Newcomb Realty LLC took out a $500,000 loan from the City eight years ago and that’s who 3 Diamond was going to assume the debt from under the name of a new company, Newcomb Quincy LP. But now it’s back to Horowitz, who has long been delinquent on the loan.
Newcomb Realty LLC also owed Adams County $49,640.96 from a $50,000 loan taken out the same time as the loan with the City, but the County forgave that loan in order to allow the City to proceed with the foreclosure.
Quincy Mayor John Spring said the City now has financial institutions share in the risk of development loans the City makes so there will not be another case like the Newcomb where multiple owners have borrowed money from the City only to see the building remain stagnant. Spring said the east side of the building, where a three-story addition was built on, has the most problems, but he's been assured by structural engineers that the main building is "structurally sound".
Earlier this year, City Planner Chuck Bevelheimer said there has been some local interest in the Newcomb, but nothing he was prepared to elaborate on at the time.