City dismisses citations on Asiana building

Several code violations at the downtown building that once housed Asiana have been corrected, and city officials have waived remaining citations issued for code violations. 

The owners of the vacant Asiana restaurant in downtown Frederick are in the clear again, as Frederick officials have waived all remaining citations issued for code violations at the property.

City staff inspected the property, at 123 to 125 N. Market St., on Monday and found that the owners had addressed all code violations associated with citations the city issued in March, said Scott Waxter, a city attorney.

Still, the property is not yet safe for occupancy, and other minor code violations remain to be addressed.

Waxter asked Judge Earl W. Bartgis Jr. on Wednesday to dismiss the nine court cases that were still open for nine citations, with fines totaling $9,000. There were originally 10 citations of up to $1,000 each, but the owners already agreed to pay the city $1,000 for one citation.

Bartgis dismissed the cases, stating that it was clear the property owner was going above and beyond the city’s expectations when making repairs to the building.

“It’s absolutely wonderful,” Bartgis said. “Everyone in downtown is going to be very happy.”

Owners Myung and Duk Hee Ro said contractors are still working on the building, with the goal of renting out the bottom floor again for a new restaurant.

Contractors will install a sprinkler system, fire alarms, air conditioning, drywall, electrical work and cosmetic items, such as cabinets, Duk Hee Ro said after Wednesday’s hearing.

Once the work is complete, the Ros will need to have the city inspect the property again to receive a certificate of occupancy before allowing tenants.

One open code violation still exists on the property, for the Asiana sign out front, said Brittany Parks, a city code enforcement officer.

All property owners have 30 days to remove a business’ sign from the property once the business closes, Parks said.

In this case, the restaurant has been closed for at least 12 years. The property was condemned about two years ago.

Parks did not know why the notice of violation had not previously been issued for the sign, she said, but she is trying to get on top of all issues at the property now.

Parks found additional code violations at the property when she did her inspection Monday.

Windows and screens on the front, side and back of the building need to be repaired, she said.

The major structural and safety issues at the building have been addressed, Waxter said.

Bartgis had given the building owners several extensions since March to complete the work. The Ros were first notified of the code violations in October 2013. The violations included that the property was not properly secured or maintained, was unsafe for occupancy and had structural damage, had roof and drainage issues, and that electrical panels were not properly secured, among other issues.

Once all work has been completed, the building could remain empty, as the city does not consider chronic vacancy a code violation, Waxter said.

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(8) comments

BstD59

We have gotten what we voted for, an ineffective City government. People wanted 'nice guy' Randy, but did they not realize how ineffective he is? The man accomplished absolutely nothing in his previous 4 years. Others ran the city government for him the during his first term and now that he has a personal assistant I'm willing to bet she is making all of the decisions for him now. You got what you voted for and now we will see another 4 years of inaction, ineffectiveness, and uncaring governing.

elymus43

This article is discussing. The city officials are taking the slow roll on this.

Dwasserba

Please finish this.
Interstellar aliens are suspected of using it as a portal to enter our universe unnoticed. Who knows what they're up to. Maybe they plan to apply for all our vacant FCPS positions to gain control of our children's minds.


threecents

We will control their minds through electromagnetic transeivers disguised as Chromebooks. We could not infiltrate the BoE, so our agents in the BoCC will find another way to distribute them to middle school children. We must have them in place before their election day, so the children can convince their parents to vote for he who must not be named....

GMrT

As presented, this situation makes no sense. There has to be something more to the story, FNP. Maybe put Jimmy Olsen on it.

threecents

Glad to see that progress is being made, but upset that the court got rid of its leverage on the owners, as the owners have shown they cannot be trusted to even do what is in their best interests without the threat of fines. I wish they would sell the place, rather than rent it out. I think they will have trouble finding a renter who would trust them.

tl4sa

Someone needs to check the bank accounts of the people involved. "Addressed all code violations but still unsafe for occupancy." Then they did NOT address all violations, did they. This whole thing stinks of mass corruption. The building should have been repaired 11 years ago or condemned and taken since the owners do nothing but play games and cry poverty at every turn. Disgusting.

deeberdauber1

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