Habitat for Humanity strips fixtures from never-opened Radisson

NEW CASTLE, DELAWARE A Radisson hotel that was built more than 10 years ago but never opened due to a local zoning dispute has been stripped of its fixtures by homebuilding charity Habitat for Humanity.

The organization is salvaging never-used materials, from sinks to lights, from the 193-key “ghost ship” hotel. The salvage equates to the largest donation ever for Habitat’s ReStore, a secondhand center that helps pay for housing construction and rehabilitation projects, DelawareOnline reports.

The six-story hotel was denied an occupancy permit in 1990 after local officials discovered it was about one-third larger than the building code authorized. The original developers defaulted on the mortgage, and it was purchased in December for US$15 million by Hersha Hospitality Trust. Hersha intends to overhaul the property and eventually open it under the Sheraton flag.