MORGANTOWN — The lender seeking to foreclose on the Morgantown Hilton Garden Inn has explained to the court why it should rule against the owner’s motion to block the sale.

U.S. Bank National Association, trustee for the hotel lender, filed its response to owner Mountain Blue Hotel Group’s motion for a restraining order or injunction to block the sale on Sept. 12. The document became available on Sept. 13.

“If the foreclosure sale is canceled and defendant continues to own the property,” the bank says, “the property is at risk of losing the Hilton flag, shutting down operations, losing insurance coverage and becoming subject to further tax liens.

“The public interest is best served by allowing the sale to proceed,” the bank says. “With new ownership, the hotel will remain open to the public and future taxes will be paid.”

U.S. Bank National Association filed suit against Mountain Blue in federal court in August, alleging franchise fee and tax defaults. It wants to put the hotel up for public auction on Sept. 21.

Mountain Blue filed its motion to block the sale on Sept. 7. The hearing on the motion is set for Sept. 14 in Clarksburg.