10/09/08 84 W, 1 I - + 19 - 12 City Inspectors Close Raleigh's Velvet Cloak Inn

Today's News & Observer reports that city inspectors closed the Velvet Cloak Inn late last week. The Hillsborough Street hotel was deemed an "imminent fire hazard" after an October 2 inspection found "bare electrical connections, an inoperable fire alarm and a nonfunctioning sprinkler system." The hotel, built in 1963, had been refurbished in recent years, with half of rooms repurposed as condos. At least 39 had been sold. Read the entire story.

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