The Town of Brewer today announced that it had finally sold one of its hardest to move properties, The Riverside Motel. The property, which has been abandoned since a 2010 Zombie attack killed all the guests, staff, and owners, has been purchased by Bates Family Property Management.
Yes, that Bates family…
Mayor Skip Wiggins, who had promised Brewer residents that he would find new ways to create income so that property taxes would not have to be raised yet again, was thrilled with the sale. “This is big news for our little town,” the Mayor told this Modern Philosopher. “Nobody thought we’d ever find a buyer for that motel after the horrific things that happened there, but the Bates family didn’t even flinch when I told them about it.”
I asked the Mayor if he was a horror movie fan or had ever heard of Alfred Hitchcock. He just looked at me blankly for a moment, and then went back to talking about the sale. “The new owners expect to begin renovations immediately and hope to have the place open for business in time for the summer tourist season.”
No word yet on what the new motel will be called, but I’m thinking that the family name will not be used.
Local residents were not thrilled about the news, including this Modern Philosopher, whose House on the Hill sits a mere mile and a half from the former Riverside Motel.
“Looks like it’s back to taking baths,” said another neighbor. “It’s bad enough what the Zombies did to that place, but do we have to turn it over to a family of psychos?”
Vivian Lee Perkins, the attorney who oversaw the purchase for the family, was present at the announcement. “I would like to assure the people of Brewer that just because one member of the Bates family had some problems in the motel industry, it does not mean that the rest of the family has followed in his footsteps.”
I hear ya, Viv, but for the time being, I think I’m going to have Gary the Gargoyle stand watch outside the bathroom door whenever I take a shower.
One can never be too safe, especially in Maine…