The Inn of the Dove in Egg Harbor Township is set to be auctioned off on Wednesday. 

Ventnor-based AC Auction Realty will conduct an on-site auction at 2 p.m. on Wednesday for the property. 

Minimum bids for the properties have not been set, Salvato said.

The Inn of the Dove is also listed for auction. The property is assessed at $1.1 million, township records show.

Fire officials closed the inn in February 2018, citing a faulty fire alarm system and $8,000 owed in fines and penalties to the township. Twenty residents living there were displaced.

Parts of the inn reopened after the owners rebuilt the fire alarm system, but it closed again late last year.

The motel has long attracted drug activity and crime.

Nine miles away, the Bayview Inn in Atlantic City, where an alligator was found during a 2017 drug raid, was set to be auctioned as well, but the sale was called off.

Dale Finch, the city's Director of Licensing and Inspections, said the city asked Salvato and the seller not to put the decrepit building to auction because it has a demolition order for the property.

Officials have called the rundown motel an uninviting eyesore, and have said squatters may be living inside the rundown, vacant building.

The building could be demolished within the next few days, Finch said. It will cost about $240,000 to raze the motel, funded by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.

"We're going to proceed with demolition," Finch said. "Now we're trying to get the documents for the demolition permit and getting various utilities shut off."

An Egg Harbor Township man, 26-year-old Jamal Campos, was charged in 2017 with leading a drug ring out of the Bayview after authorities raided the property. He was sentenced to 20 years in February.

Contact: 609-272-7258 Twitter @AvalonZoppo

Staff Writer

My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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