Mountain Blue Hotel Group seeks ownership rights to Morgantown hotel back

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The owners of a defaulting hotel in Morgantown are blaming a "soft" economy and debt payments for falling behind on state and local taxes, and are asking for the ownership rights back.

Mountain Blue Hotel Group-which is owned by an investment group led by Shinnston native William Abruzzino-blamed the property's lender for supposedly continuing to take its full monthly debt service, despite pleas that the economy was becoming more challenging. These claims come were filed Monday in the U.S. bankruptcy court in the middle district of Florida.

The investors are trying to regain access to the Hilton Garden Inn in Morgantown, which has had its management transferred to a receiver. The hotel is one of several Abruzzino properties involved in lawsuits or bankruptcy proceedings.