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March 5, 2014

Inspection finds code violations at Sugar Loaf

TRAVERSE CITY — Sugar Loaf Resort is in violation of building codes, a Leelanau County inspection found.

County officials took a tour of the long-shuttered property last month after neighbors expressed concern that the property could present a hazard, said Steven Haugen, a building official for the Leelanau County Construction Code Authority.

The inspection found that parts of the property are unsafe, and others could become unsafe if neglected. Other areas could be a fire hazard, according to the violation notice.

“It’s pretty evident they need to move and get some things done for the health and safety of the people that live around the place,” Haugen said.

The March 3 inspection notice calls for the owner to contact Haugen within 10 business days. Failure to respond to the report could result in penalties ranging from fines to demolition, Haugen said.

The owner also could appeal the inspection within 20 business days.

Haugen listed several areas of concern in the notice. He asked the owner to come up with a plan to fix the collapsed front of one of the buildings, all of the roofs to prevent further decay from leakage, a collapsed deck and a warming shack.

The exterior landscaping could also be a fire hazard, according to the report.

The report is addressed to Kathleen Wickstrom and Rock Investment Advisors, LLC. Wickstrom denies ownership, but is the owner of record, according to county documents.

John Peppler, the listed real estate agent for the property, said the Troy-based Rock Investment Advisors LLC owns the property, and former owner Remo Polselli is one of that company’s principals.

“Why Remo hasn’t transferred it, I don’t know,” Wickstrom said. “It’s his property, it’s his responsibility to take care of it.”

Polselli, who has a felony conviction for failing to pay federal taxes, could not be reached.

The property cannot be sold now that it violates codes, Haugen said. If Rock Investment Advisors LLC can present notarized documents that proved ownership prior to the inspection report, then the company will be treated as the owner.



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