Abandoned Red Carpet Inn sees future auction with owner’s $233K in unpaid taxes

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – The abandoned Red Carpet Inn & Suites in downtown Topeka could be auctioned off by Shawnee County, who says the owner owes thousands of dollars in local taxes.

The Shawnee County Counselor, who oversees tax auctions on properties labeled delinquent on their taxes, said the Red Carpet Inn & Suites is up for auction. Shawnee County’s tax auctions only happen once a year, and they are currently on hold because of the coronavirus. There is no date set for the 2021 auction, and the counselor said it could be several months.

The nine-story building is located at 914 Southeast Madison near I-70, and its total property was appraised at $690,000. The Shawnee County Appraiser’s Office said the owner owes $233,768.23 in property taxes. A North Dakota-based group, CPE Topeka Kansas 1031 Exchange 32984, LLC, owns the abandoned hotel.

KSNT News reported the conditions of this inn in 2016. The building has stood vacant since 2005, the last time it was used as a hotel.

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