San Jacinto’s old Virginia Lee Hotel to be demolished for safety concerns

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The property at 248 East Main Street in San Jacinto was originally constructed in 1886 as the Lockwood Hotel and later changed to the Pioneer Hotel (pictured) before being changed once again to the Virginia Lee Hotel in 1976. Valley News/Courtesy photo
The San Jacinto City Council has little reason not to demolish the historic Virginia Lee Hotel at 248 E. Main St. in San Jacinto due to it being structurally unsound, traces of asbestos and lead paint and other factors in the boarded-up building. The discussion about the circa 1880s building was brought up by City Manager Rob Johnson as an emergency project at the Aug. 3 council meeting with all five council members attending the teleconference. The council heard that over the past several years, the building has continued to deteriorate and staff discovered the existing exterior staircase accessing the second story had to be demolished as it was falling down. The staff report said, “The extensive rehabilitation costs and nearly 15 years of deferred maintenance has culminated into
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