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Motel 6 opens on Somers Point's Bay Avenue - Ocean City Sentinel: News

Motel 6 opens on Somers Point's Bay Avenue

Clancy’s owner bought, renovated long-closed building next to restaurant

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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 10:35 am | Updated: 10:41 am, Wed Aug 21, 2019.

SOMERS POINT — The former Harbor Inn Motel at 431 Bay Ave. has been renovated and reopened as a Motel 6. 

Joe Villari, owner of Clancy’s by the Bay next door on Maryland Avenue, purchased the motel in January. 

“I just bought it because it’s next to my restaurant,” Villari said. “It was sitting there deteriorating for a long time. It was sitting there, vacant.”

He said that the Harbor Inn Motel closed in 2009 and he tried acquiring the property for years. 

Villari said he purchased the bar and restaurant that became Clancy’s in 2011. 

Villari is leasing the Motel 6 to a manager, Ramesh Patel.

“I’m not actually running it. I’m leasing it out because I know nothing about the motel business,” Villari said. “It took me over a year to find somebody to rent it from me.” 

When he bought the 27-room motel, Villari said the rooms were in “bad” shape and needed extensive renovations. 

“We fixed it up and it took me about a year to find somebody to lease it out to,” Villari said. “It’s another eyesore that’s gone.”

Each room was redecorated. New toilets, sinks, fixtures and flooring were installed. 

“It was closed 10 years. The rooms look good now. The rooms are big, like 15 feet by 17 feet,” Villari said, adding the Motel 6 franchise opened Aug. 1.

While Villari said he knows more about the restaurant business than motel business, the new Motel 6 will be a good addition to Somers Point. 

“The motel would be nice. We’ll see what happens with the Motel 6 signature on there,” Villari said.  

He said buying and renovating the motel was a “crapshoot,” and noted that the Motel 6 could see most business in the spring and summer months but looked toward the fall months. 

“They do well on the weekends. Last weekend it was full. It’s something the town needs. They need more hotel rooms in Somers Point,” Villari said. 

Greg Sykora, of the Somers Point Economic Development Advisory Commission, said the privately owned motel sat unused for years before Villari stepped in and purchased it. 

“From the city’s perspective, we’re just happy to see that the property is open, up and running and clean and not derelict,” Sykora said.

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