A Yavapai County Superior Court judge has allowed the Jerome Grand Hotel to reopen following what hotel co-owner Robert Altherr called an "illegal shutdown."
As was previously reported, the historic hotel's certificate of occupancy was revoked by town officials on December 8 due to "unsafe" conditions. The move caused the hotel to halt its operations for more than a month. The decision also prompted hotel co-owner Altherr to tell New Times that "Gestapo tactics" were being used against him.
Though Altherr is jazzed that the hotel's certificate of occupancy has been reinstated (which occurred during a preliminary injunction hearing on January 14), he and his attorney will still pursue an $8-million-plus lawsuit that they filed with Yavapai County Superior Court on December 14.
"The five percent of people that run this town are wackos," says Altherr, "but the other ninety-five percent are good people."
In the meantime, the Jerome Grand Hotel will start getting back to business starting tomorrow and Friday during an open house while the weekend will feature a grand reopening bash with live radio broadcasts and giveaways.
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The hotel is on 200 Hill Street in Jerome. For more information, check out its official website.