Thursday, August 7, 2014

Yet Another Strange Heritage House Oddity

I hear my post yesterday and a series of e-mails between myself and some on City Council have everyone in downtown in a tizzy. Today's news will not help cheer up their spirits.

Welcome to the Meridian Event Center:

"Filled with beauty and ceremony the Meridian Convention and Event Center located in mid-downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, provides an ideal setting for the events ranging from the grandest to the smallest parties and boardroom meetings.

Built in 1974, this majestic facility with soaring  ceilings, marvelous chandeliers and opulent furnishings, offers a classic Spanish ambiance rarely found in venues today. The facility features many rooms of various sizes that can be configured to hold weddings, trade shows,  corporate meetings, fundraisers, seminars, banquets or private parties. With approximately 40,000 square feet of event space, this can be the ideal place to hold your next event!

We offer wireless internet service,  state-of-the-art A/V and on-site catering preparation space. Included in our rental fees are decor services such as tables and chairs. Parking for more than 200 vehicles is available in the facility.

Originally the Meridian was a beautiful hotel and meeting center, with architecture dated the Spanish Mediterranean style with hints of modernistic elements.

The history of the facility dates back to 1974, then called Royal Villa, Heritage House and other names. A key venue and hotel at the time, it was and still is central to Greensboro, the interstate and commerce, both commercial and retail.

At the end of 2012 Meridan Convention LLC, backed by passionate entrepreneurs, has assumed management of the property immediately providing a new, affordable venue to Greensboro. With the completion of our renovations at the end of summer 2013, the Meridian will have a beautiful contemporary edge mixed with the class and style originally built into the property.

With over 33,000 square feet of meeting space, breakout rooms, reception, staging areas & catering preparation, the Meridian has the capacity to fill your event’s need."

Now it would appear this was located in the same building as Heritage house but it does have a separate address and a separate deed. The Guilford County Register of Deeds lists the owner as MERIDIAN CONVENTIONS LLC but MERIDIAN CONVENTIONS LLC did not come up in a search at the NC Secretary of State website.

A search for the owner's mailing address, 2007 CLYDE BANK COURT, CARY, NC 27511, a residental property,  turned up a listing at Bizapedia, with the registered agent's name being Jawahar Muniyandi. And as it turns out, another business owned by Mr Muniyandi, ISHA HOMES LLC, owns 7 units at Heritage House.

And while I'll not go into details to protect any pending investigation it has been discovered that the warrant used by Greensboro housing inspectors and petitioned by Ben Holder and 4 others is in-fact invalid for a couple of different reasons. One reason City Council members contest, the second reason they don't yet know.

Now knowing this I can't help but wonder if City Council will want to retain Ben's contract. Perjury is, after all, a very serious crime and a contract housing inspector with a history of perjury would not fare well in future court cases.

On another note, when the banks that hold the mortagages on many of these 177 condos start incurring losses because their homeowners are filing bankrupsey and cannot pay off the loans who do you think they will look to for their money? Ever heard of going after the one with the deepest pockets? Greensboro is looking at no less that 177 law suits from homeowners, tennants, insurance companies and financial institutions. Our city leaders couldn't have created a bigger nightmare if they'd tried.

Ben Holder, you need to stay in your house at 1306 Oak Street and mind your own damned business as you ovbiously don't have the inteligence and integrity required to do what you've been trying to do.