5/4/2018 - Large chunks of debris fell from the dilapidated Rainbow Hotel again Friday afternoon.

The debris fell within inches of an adjacent Mill Street residence, the second time in about a year, some of the debris struck the house.

Natasha Phillips was sitting on her porch when the debris fell, some of it also striking her residence.

Town officials had just cordoned off Mill Street again for safety concerns regarding the structure, which is continuing to fall apart.

Another house on Hardman Street, within feet of the hotel, is occupied by Matthew and Cathy Rios, who have lived there four years.

Cathy Rios said, "A wind come up and we heard a noise and we opened the front door, with asbestos and trash striking our face."

"I'm afraid for our lives," she said, indicating they will not sleep well because a number of pieces of the hotel are dangling."

Rios family, looking at debris, says they will not likely sleep tonight

Fiberglass from building scattered down Hardman Street, with asbestos reported to be in structure

Rios family on their front porch, hotel is a few feet to the left

Matthew Rios said he cannot believe that something has not been done about the structure, saying its a safety, health, environmental and fire hazard. Rios said he and others met with Mayor Ron Blankenship Friday.

Blankenship said earlier this week that he was cautiously optimistic that funds can be obtained to raze the structure.

Cathy Rios said she lives in fear that a portion of the hotel will collapse and injure or kill neighborhood children or adults.

The building has been abandoned for about 20 years.


5/1/2018 - The town of Grantsville has again blocked Mill Street over safety concerns of the dilapidated Rainbow Hotel.

Grantsville Mayor Ron Blankenship said recent heavy winds had increased safety concerns.

Blankenship said he is "a little more optimistic" about getting funds to raze the structure, which has blighted the town for 20 years.

"We're currently working with the Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Council, who are pursuing state and federal funds for the demolition," he said.

Blankenship said all options are on the table to raze the structure, after numerous town officials have failed.

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