Two hotels with long criminal histories will be allowed to reopen in Alcoa, if the owners can meet a long list of requirements.
The Days Inn and Budget Inn/Royal Extended Stay hotels on Alcoa Highway were shut down last week as nuisance properties. Police say they've responded to hundreds of calls at the hotel over the years, and the owners, Mani Associates, and Mani LLC, did little to curb crime.
The hotels will be allowed to reopen if the owners meet the following conditions:
- All health, building, property maintenance, electrical, plumbing, and fire codes shall be brought into current compliance, including the permitting to engage in any work needed to come into compliance. Individual buildings may open for operation as they are brought into compliance with all codes;
- A security camera system allowing remote access and storage at any time to law enforcement must be installed;
- Management personnel must cooperate fully with all government officials to ensure continued compliance; and
- Any unlawful structures currently on the grounds must be removed or permitted.
The owners must also repay more than $11,000 dollars to the city, to reimburse it for the costs of executing the nuisance injunction.
After the hotels reopen, the order says that the property, including rented rooms, will be open to search by law enforcement at any time. The managers must inform any paying guests about this limitation of privacy. On-site security guards will be required from 9:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. every Friday and Saturday, and every day in which an event or club meeting is taking place.
All guests must provide government issued photo identification, and that information must be available to law enforcement on request.
The owners are also ordered to report an illegal or suspicious activity to law enforcement, and must keep adult entertainment materials locked up and out of site when not in use.
Acting Police Chief Phillip Dunn said, "We are pleased to reach a resolution on this problem. The Alcoa Police Department spent many man hours answering calls to this location over the past several years. The vicinity will now be more safe for citizens, visitors, and the surrounding businesses."