York County wants PTL hotel renovated or demolished

FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) - York County is warning the owners of the old hotel at the former PTL ministry complex to renovate the building or it will be demolished.

The York County Council voted Monday to notify MorningStar Ministries that the former Heritage Grand Hotel in Fort Mill will be destroyed if it isn't renovated by June 30.

"There's a lot of safety issues there that we're concerned about," said York County Council Chairman Bud Motz.

MorningStar has a $40 million plan to convert the 21-story hotel into a retirement facility, but they haven't been able to get enough people to buy into the project to obtain financing for renovations.

The hotel was part of Heritage USA, a now-closed Christian theme park built in the late 1970s and 1980s. Praise The Lord ministries collapsed when televangelist Jim Bakker was caught up in a sex scandal and was later convicted of fraud and conspiracy.

MorningStar has been working with the county for two years to finish the project. Motz feels that they have been more than flexible.

"We feel like we've given them plenty of time more than adequate time, and we've had a lot of patience with them," he said.

If there is mediation and appeals, the issue could drag on into the fall -- well beyond 120 days.

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