Aurora Just Got a Little Less Exciting

Three of those wacky, problem Aurora Ave motels are up for sale, says the

Among those being sold are the Fremont Inn at 4251 Aurora Avenue North, and the Isabella and Italia motels, at 4129 and 4217 Aurora Avenue North, respectively, all owned by Dean Inman.

Last summer, the City Attorney’s office filed 180 criminal charges for various tax violations against Dean and Jill Inman, then owners of five motels, and the corporations representing their properties: The Wallingford Inn, Fremont Inn, Seattle Motor Inn, Italia Motel and Isabella Motel.

In April, four Aurora Avenue motel corporations entered guilty pleas to some criminal tax violations in Seattle Municipal Court. Under terms of the plea agreements, two of the motels, the Isabella and Italia, were expected to be sold or leased to non-profit groups for use as low-income housing or emergency shelter.

As part of the negotiated plea, prosecutors said charges against Jill Inman will be dismissed on the condition she commits no criminal law violations.

Dean Inman pleaded guilty to one count of failure to file tax returns. He received a two-year deferred sentence on condition that he commit no criminal law violations and his agreement to the sale or closure of the two motels.