Police responded to 1,600 calls before motel padlocked
Jul 08, 2014 02:14 PM
Courtesy: Metro police
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Metro police responded to more than 1,600 calls to a Nashville motel over a four year period before it was deemed a public nuisance and padlocked late Monday morning.
Police began vacating the Hallmark Inn located at 309 West Trinity Lane around 9:30 a.m.
“Here at the Hallmark, the police department has responded to a number of calls over the past four years,” Commander Terrence Graves said. “At some point we have to say enough is enough.”
According to Graves, authorities had recently met with the motel’s owners to make necessary changes to the property, including adding security which proved to be insufficient.
“This property has been a concern for some time,” he said.
Tenants at the motel are being given a reasonable amount of time to vacate the property and police said those who have already paid for a room will be reimbursed.
The American Red Cross, DCS and other agencies are providing assistance to those in need.
Since January 2010 to May, police have responded to shootings, stabbings, domestic disturbances, disorderly conduct, prostitution and drug calls.
Police said the number of calls to the motel is more than four times the volume than 10 other hotels in a one-mile radius.
It is unclear when the motel will reopen for business. Owner George Hussey and manager Vanessa Pryor are due in court Friday morning.
“Business owners and managers have a responsibility to ensure lawful operations and safe environments. Unfortunately, it took a padlocking order to convey that we are serious about the illegal activity coming to an end,” Chief Steve Anderson said.
The Hallmark Inn is the sixth motel to ever be padlocked in Nashville.