Wednesday, April 11, 2007

The demise of the "Cram-alot" Inn?

There is something fishy about this story. Without exception in every account on radio or TV, never do they mention who actually owns the Camelot. Consistently, they are referred to as "the owners". Isn't the ownership of this property a key component of the story?

After all, it is the responsibility of the owner of the property to keep it up. And they should be fined by the city for allowing it to get in such a state of disrepair.

What happens if a homeowner doesn't mow their lawn? The city will eventually do it for you and slap a lien against the property.

Now mayor Taylor is getting creative to solve this problem. Have the TIA (Tulsa Industrial Authority) loan the money to "the owners", with the promise they will tear it down and repay the loan from the sale proceeds of the property. Is there also a promise to actually sell the property after the demolition?

Why the media blackout on ownership? It is my understanding that at least several years ago the owner was the Transcendental Meditation non-profit church (you get my drift, I don't know the exact name). Anyone know if that is still the case? Why shelter the stigma of poor stewardship and poor citizenship by this group toward the City of Tulsa? Perhaps the bad publicity avoidance is also part of the "deal".

Also, look out for this one too. The Camelot has asbestos! Now just saying that increased the cost of demolition 5 fold. Here come the guys in the moon-suits. And I will bet one of the "good-ole boys" will "get" the job. All conveniently paid for by the up front money of the TIA, a public financing entity, in other words, YOUR MONEY! How conveeen-ient!

One last thing. As a native Tulsan, I and my friends have always called the Camelot, the Cram-alot. There is a part of me that will be sad to see it go. But in this case, it may be for the best to demolish it. The "owners" either won't or can't put any money into it and it is an eyesore thanks to them.


Mad Okie said...

If I had the money, I would have bought the building, I remember when it was one of the jewels of Tulsa. Now it's doing nothing but being the anchor for the sinking neighborhood...

DavidS said...

How can I find a property owner's name and address Top
and the legal description of the property?

The Title Research Department (918) 596-5122 or the Real Estate Department (918) 596-5166 can find this information for you.
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm CST.

Anonymous said...

If I'm not mistaken the 'Cram-alot' belongs to the Maharishi International Unversity of Fairfield, Iowa.

If correct, here's the link:

Would be interested to see what Davids search pulls up @ the Title Research Dept.

Anonymous said...

It's about time to see the 'Drugs -alot"go.Crank,meth addicts and other street people used it as a toilet on the floors.When they're doped they can't read 'no trespassing'.It used to be a decent hotel a long ,long time ago...