South Beloit to put fencing around abandoned hotel

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SOUTH BELOIT, Ill. (WIFR) -- Fencing could be up around the former Garden Hotel in South Beloit by the end of the week, as city leaders try to stop people from trespassing on the property.

South Beloit Mayor Ted Rehl says the council approved funding for the fencing at Tuesday's meeting.

Police went to the abandoned hotel more than a dozen times over the past few months for people breaking in or walking around the grounds. Damage includes broken windows and doors and graffiti.

The back of the building is already boarded up. Police Chief Adam Truman says the fencing may not be pretty, but public safety is more important.

The building is owned by China-based Arvia Hospitality. Rehl says that's made it difficult to communicate with the company. In September 2019, the Winnebago County Health Department condemned the building. Two months later, South Beloit leaders told the company it had until mid-December to do something with the property.

Currently, the city is working through the court system to either gain control of the property or be reimbursed for security and other costs.