Rose Court was a faded relic from a bygone day. The early 1950s motor court on old Highway 10 was considered a fleabag, a place where you wouldn’t want to stay the night.
“It was pretty bad. That’s when I found out everybody called it ‘The Roach Court,’” said owner and Lawson native Scott Norton.
Not any more.
Norton and his wife Shauna, who purchased the motel nearly two years ago, have recently completed renovations on seven of the 10 motel units. Each room features a new bathroom, complete with handsome tile work. The small but comfortable units are freshly painted with new carpet, beds and bedding.
“Our goal was to make it presentable and energy efficient,” Norton said.
Updated heating and air units replace the old-style gas heaters that were costing the Norton’s a small fortune – nearly $1,700 a month in the winter, he said. A Rinnai water system, which quickly creates hot water, was also installed to lower water bills. Norton said the old water system would take 15 to 20 minutes for the furthest unit to get hot water, costing the motel nearly $600 a month. Norton also said he recently added insulation, which the motel did not have.
“Hopefully, the motel will provide for me and my family,” Norton said.
Norton said he plans to update the exterior of the motel next year.
The family also owns and operates the Richmond Bowl, which they purchased in 2006. The bowling alley has also undergone many renovations, such as “ripping 40 years of smoke out of it,” Norton said.
Photo: Seven of the rooms at the Rose Court Motel have been completely remodeled. The motel is located at 204 Wollard Blvd. (Photo by JoEllen Black/The Daily News)