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Petersburg mayor addresses concerns over 'hotel of horrors'

PETERSBURG, Va. (WRIC) -- A once vibrant business along Interstate 95 has turned into a 'hotel of horrors' in Petersburg. Residents are calling the building an 'eyesore.'

Developers closed the project months ago with plans to turn it into a property with a new hotel, but the project hit a snag. 

Taxpayers want to know what happened with the money for the project. 

There are renderings of the Cambria Hotel and Suites, nestled perfectly along exit 52 in Petersburg. 

Petersburg resident, Marcus Squires, says the building is "a monument to poverty." 

"Every time I see the hotel, I always wonder, 'is Petersburg going to get itself together?'" 

There are broken windows and graffiti on the building. 

The state provided nearly a million dollars for demolition and removing mold, but a dispute between contractors put the project on hold. 

Mayor Sam Parham tells 8News the project is set to get back on track soon. 

"It's one of our projects on council that we really feel passionate about because it's going to the change the image of what people see going into the city," Parham said. 

8News reached out to the developers C.A. Harrison companies by phone and email. The developers have yet to provide comment. 

The project is supposed to take up to two years to complete. 

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