A judge's order means the city of Quincy now owns property that once was home to an historic hotel that was destroyed in a September fire.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports an Adams County Judge ruled the city has the title to the Newcomb Hotel property. The judge ruled after a lien holder didn't appeal foreclosure.

The hotel opened in 1888 but has been empty for years. It was destroyed in a five-alarm blaze on Sept. 6. A December trial is scheduled for a Quincy man accused of setting the fire.

City officials say it could cost more than $500,000 to remove debris from the site. So far the city has spent more than $50,000 for emergency demolition.

City officials now will decide if they want to sell the property.

Bill Shuler