More bad news for CNET founder Halsey Mino
r. We've been watching as he has divested himself of some of his art and real estate
and now his long-stalled Landmark Hotel
project in Charlottesville, Virginia is in major trouble. Minor Family Hotels
, LLC, the official owner of the hotel, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
protection in federal bankruptcy
Minor made around $100 million from the sale of his technology
company CNET in 2000 but he has spent quite a bit since then. In 2006 he bought a home
in the Bel Air area for $20 million. In 2008 he put the home on the market for just $12.9 million and rumors were that much of the home was in disrepair. He eventually cut down the price to $11.4 million. It appears to be still owned by Minor and is not on the market. In 2007 he bought the Koshland mansion in San Francisco, an eight-bedroom mansion built to resemble Marie Antoinette's Le Petit Trianon and was reported to be spending
$15 million to fix it up. Fox Ridge Farm, his 205-acre farm near Charlottesville, Virginia faced foreclosure twice but Minor eventually brought the mortgage
current avoiding a second public auction in February 2010. The stalled Landmark Hotel project has remained in a state of partial construction for years.
In a press release Minor Family Hotels
stated that it filed Chapter 11
"in order to more quickly resolve the burdensome lawsuits that have prevented it from completing construction and putting people back to work." Minor is fighting off a total of eight lawsuits involving the Landmark Hotel, in Georgia and Virginia courts. In the release, Minor says that he remains committed to seeing the project through.
A trial involving Minor, former Landmark developer Lee Danielson, the FDIC and Specialty Finance Group, the real estate financing company that was supposed to lend
Minor $23.6 million for the construction of the hotel in 2008 was scheduled for November. Specialty Finance Group's parent company, Atlanta-based Silverton Bank failed in May of last year and was taken over by the FDIC. The Chapter 11 filing means that the trial is on hold. The loan for the Landmark is divided among multiple banks. Documents in the bankruptcy suit show 20 creditors. Some have criticized the Chapter 11 filing as just a stalling tactic and question whether the 100-room boutique hotel project will ever be completed.