LOMITA : Hotel Closed Over Fire, Health Code Violations

City and county officials have closed a residential hotel in Lomita because of health and fire code violations.

The Lomita Hotel on Narbonne Avenue was boarded up by the county Building and Safety Department on Monday, City Administrator Walker J. Ritter said.

Neighbors had complained that the two-story building, which is across the street from city and county offices in Lomita, attracted loitering and drug use, Ritter said.

A team of city and county officials inspected the building March 9 and issued citations, including one for a dangerous electrical system.


City Atty. Tim McOsker said notices about the violations have been sent to Martin B. Canter, president of MeeBeeCee Corp., which owns the hotel, but have received no response. Canter could not be reached for comment.

An administrative hearing to decide whether the building will be repaired by the owner or torn down is scheduled for April 20 before the Rehabilitation Appeals Board of the county Department of Public Works.