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From landmark to eyesore and back to landmark (maybe)

  • 5/11/2007: B3: Plans for the historic Palace Hotel in downtown Ukiah are moving forward. Co-owner Mike Leddy says "a variety of options" are being considered for the century-old hotel.

    7/16/2005: B2: The historic Palace Hotel in downtown Ukiah has seen better days.

    PC: The historic Palace Hotel on North State Street in downtown Ukiah. The historic hotel has sat dormant and rotting for more than a decade.

The owners of the historic Palace Hotel have begun initial work on the decaying building in preparation of getting permits to rehabilitate the vine-covered landmark that has become an eyesore in the center of Ukiah.

They?ve sealed the leaking roof and ensured that lights and the fire sprinkler system are operational, said Joy Beeler, director of the Ukiah Main Street Program.

?They?ve done a lot of work,? she said.

The owners, Marin County real estate agents Eladia Laines and Mike Leddy, announced in 2007 they hoped to transform the derelict hotel into retail shops and condominiums and that remains their goal, Beeler said.

Laines and Leddy will have an open house for area residents in their construction office ? located next door to the Palace ? at 5 p.m. March 6, she said. The hotel cannot be toured, but preliminary rehabilitation plans for the building will be available, Beeler said.

The owners could not be reached for comment Friday and it?s not known whether they have financial backing or the funds to do the work themselves.

?I can?t say. That?s their personal business,? Beeler said.

The couple has owned the building since 1990, when it was purchased for $115,000. At the time they said they planned to revamp and reopen the hotel, which had most recently been operated as a restaurant and bar.

They added some paint, fixed the leaking roof and boarded up the broken windows. Little else was done until the recent repairs.

It became a home to pigeons and a challenge for teenagers, who regularly scaled and broke into the building.


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