Alcoa motel closed for nuisance charges reopens

Alcoa motel closed for nuisance charges reopens

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The Days Inn may be back in business but Alcoa police are making their regular rounds at the property and keeping a close eye on the motels that have been a constant headache for law enforcement. The Days Inn may be back in business but Alcoa police are making their regular rounds at the property and keeping a close eye on the motels that have been a constant headache for law enforcement.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

ALCOA (WATE) –  A motel authorities have described as a "haven for criminal activity" has partially reopened.

The Days Inn and the adjoining Budget Inn Royal Extended Stay on Alcoa Highway were shut down just over a month ago as a result of a nuisance injunction filed by the City of Alcoa.

These motels have been a constant problem for Alcoa police. There have been 159 arrests in the last five years.

But a settlement agreement was reached between the owners, Mani Associates and the City of Alcoa, to allow them to reopen, only if they met a long list of requirements.

The Days Inn may be back in business but Alcoa police are making their regular rounds at the property and keeping a close eye on the motels that have been a constant headache for law enforcement.

"There were a lot of calls to services, burglary, thefts, prostitution, a lot of drugs and fugitives were hiding out there," explained Det. Jeff Parsons with the Alcoa Police.

On Feb. 14, police closed off the property and ordered all guests to get out. Just over a month later, the owners are working with police.

"It seems like the owners and the management are willing to work, they said they want a better relationship with the City of Alcoa and with the police department. I think we're taking a good step forward with it," said Parsons.

As part of a court order, the owners were only allowed to reopen if they met several conditions:

-All health, building, property maintenance, and fire codes must be brought into compliance

- Guests must sign an agreement to allow rooms to be searched by law enforcement

- The owners must provide private security on the weekends

- Management personnel must cooperate fully with all government officials

- Management must require a government issued photo ID from all guests

- A security camera system must be installed to allow remote access by police

The surveillance system is a big plus for law enforcement

"We were concerned because every time we used to go over there we had a hard time getting access to [surveillance]," said Parsons.

Only about 60 of the $49 a night rooms are open at this time. The others remain boarded up and will stay way until they're up to date on their codes. But there's optimism by police that this could be a turnaround for these motels.

"We're hoping it does, that's our goal, were going to do everything in our power to make sure it does," Parsons said.

The motel's owners also had to pay the City of Alcoa $11,219.98 in damages.

6 News reached out to the motels' owners earlier Thursday but they did not have any comment.

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