HARRISON COUNTY, W.Va (WDTV) - The legal fight over two defaulting hotels in the region was again in the spotlight Thursday, as The Hampton Inn in Elkins and Hilton Garden Inn in Clarksburg were put up for auction.
The company that had previously owned the hotels, Mountain West Hospitality, LLC, filed a notice of appeal Tuesday, after U.S. District Judge Irene Keeley denied a permanent and temporary injunction over the forced sale of the properties.
That appeal was rejected Thursday.
Both bids went to the current lender of the properties. A representative offered $4.13 million for The Hampton Inn and $4.480 million for The Hilton Garden Inn.
But moments before the bid in Elkins, there was some confusion among the interested parties.
Several people inquired about the unpaid taxes they would be responsible for if they acquired the property.
According to county records, The Hampton Inn owed more than $79,000 in unpaid hotel/motel taxes. The state claims it is owed $720,000 from the hotels in Elkins and Clarksburg.
William Abruzzino is the lead investor in a small group that owns Mountain West. He and his associates have been entangled in multiple bankruptcies and lawsuits involving several properties in Elkins, Clarksburg, Charleston, and Morgantown.
Lawyers for the company's original lender filed a lawsuit earlier this year over the hotels' finances. They claim Mountain West owes $19 million.