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Municipality takes possession of Big Timber Motel

By Lauren Maxwell 7:23 AM January 23, 2014

Residents wonder what the future will hold

ANCHORAGE - A low-income motel and a former strip club are the newest properties of the Municipality of Anchorage.

The municipality recently took possession of the Big Timber Motel and the Show Club strip club on 5th Avenue. It came after long-time owner Terry Stahlman failed to pay his property taxes for the last three years.

Stahlman admits he owes the city more than $35,000.

Stahlman wants to sell the building and raise the cash to pay back his taxes. But while the municipality said it would take the money, selling the building is not an option since Stahlman no longer owns it.

Municipal inspectors found multiple safety violations in the building that would need to be fixed to bring it up to code. Gas to the building was turned off several months ago and residents use electric heaters to stay warm, which could be dangerous. In addition, the building is infested with bedbugs and mice.

What will happen to the 23 people who currently live at the motel is unclear. Most have some sort of disability. The municipality said they may need to move, depending on what happens to the property: It said it will work with residents to get them into “a safer situation.”

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