Trenton’s only hotel to seek bankruptcy protection

 Lafayette Hotel & Conference Center took over after the Marriot ended its contract with the city. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

Lafayette Hotel & Conference Center took over after the Marriot ended its contract with the city. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

Trenton’s city-owned hotel plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it seeks relief from $30 million in debt.

The city’s only hotel, which opened in 2002, recently lost its Marriott brand and is hoping to attract a buyer.

The hotel is overseen by the Lafayette Yard Community Development Corp.

Board attorney Gregory Johnson tells the Times of Trenton that closing the hotel is not an acceptable option. Johnson says the hotel has heard from eight potential buyers and filing for bankruptcy will help clear outstanding long-term debt to make way for a sale.

Johnson says he believes the hotel board could get an offer to at least cover the $13.3 million in bonds and loans backed by Trenton.

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