Last week, an online petition circulated on various social media outlets asking the City of Milford to declare the Traveler’s Inn Motel, located on North Walnut Street, a nuisance property. According to the petition, there had been several arrests for drug activity, violence and prostitution in recent weeks.
“The above property is located in close proximity to Milford High School and Milford Central Academy,” the petition read. “Continuous criminal activity at this property is in danger to local residence, students and the local law enforcement.”
Local Police reports indicated that on September 8, three residents of the Traveler’s Inn, Dwight Donaldson, Melinda and Sarah Reed were charged with heroin distribution and prostitution. On Monday, September 11, the petition had been taken down as the owner agreed to sit down with City officials to address the problems at the motel.
Jagir Patel, owner of the motel, said the building was currently under construction and that 22 of the 38 rooms were shut down for renovations. He said that he was doing what he could to keep criminals from renting rooms and had even restricted visitors from spending time with other guests who are registered. As soon as there is an issue with a guest, Mr. Patel says the guest is asked to leave. He said the manager of the hotel along with his family live in the building and are sometimes threatened by guests.
On Thursday, September 14, the owner and City officials met to discuss issues with the property. The owner has agreed to close the hotel in order to facilitate renovations. A construction fence will be installed by September 28 for the safety of the public and construction employees.
“Current guests will move out earlier that week,” a press release sent by City Manager Eric Norenberg said. “Employees and contractors will remain at the facility during the renovations.” The press release said that the owner of the hotel announced plans to shut down the facility during the meeting with officials and that he plans to reopen the motel with a new name and fresh look in early 2018.
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