A dilapidated motel across from En Joie Golf Club could resume operations under a plan being pursued by the owner of the Union City property.

Rakesh Shroff offered to remodel the former Red Carpet Inn at 749 West Main Street in West Endicott.

Shorff is the director of OM Shirdi Sai LLC of New Jersey which acquired the site in November 2019 for $325,000.

Stairs leading to the second floor of the former Red Carpet Inn on August 17, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Stairs leading to the second floor of the former Red Carpet Inn on August 17, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

When it opened as the Royal Coachman Motel in April 1963, it was billed as “ultra-modern” and the first “all-electric” accommodation in the Southern Tier.

The motel operated under a series of owners and names for several decades before falling into disrepair.

Debris littered the facade of the closed West Endicott motel on Aug. 17, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Debris littered the facade of the closed West Endicott motel on Aug. 17, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

Shorff plans to use $350,000 of U.S. federal Rescue Plan Act funds allocated through the Town of Union Local Development Corporation to help defray part of the cost of the project.

Workers were busy at the closed motel last January clearing out a small section of the closed motel’s first floor to develop a “model room.”

A glimpse inside a room of the former Red Carpet Inn on Jan. 13, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

A glimpse inside a room of the former Red Carpet Inn on Jan. 13, 2022. (Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News)

For now, Shorff is focusing his attention on operating a motel he owns in New Jersey. He said the Broome County project was delayed due to pandemic issues. He noted that he is still shorthanded as he focuses on the existing business.

Shorff told WNBF News he hopes construction on the old Red Carpet Inn can begin next spring.

Contact Bob Joseph, WNBF News reporter: [email protected] or (607) 545-2250. For the latest story development news and updates, follow @BinghamtonNow on Twitter.

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