Area hotel padlocked as a nuisance

After responding to hundreds of calls over the past three years at The Thrifty Inn in South Nashville, the police department today is saying that enough is enough. Although not in Antioch per se, the hotel has stirred more than a few complaints from the area.

Council Member Tanaka Vercher, District 28, which includes parts of Antioch, worked closely with law enforcement and others to close the hotel.

Thrifty Inn closed

Council Member Tanaka Vercher, District 28, addresses media regarding the closing of Thrifty Inn.

“I commend the efforts of our South Precinct and the Special Investigative unit for addressing the safety concerns of the neighboring businesses and neighborhoods to the Thrifty Inn. The closing of the Thrifty Inn will ensure the success of the surrounding businesses and safety for the neighborhoods, said Councilwoman Vercher.”

As a neighbor in the Perimeter Park area, we are very pleased to see the Thrifty Inn’s closure,” said Jennifer Wigal, spokesperson for Perimeter One Nashville and its tenants. “We deeply appreciate our Councilwoman and the Police Department’s proactive efforts to ensure the safety of our business community.”

The motel, located at 343 Harding Place and adjacent to I-24, has been declared a public nuisance in a temporary injunction and padlocking order issued by Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier after the District Attorney’s Office filed suit.  Judge Dozier’s order directs that the entire property be vacated and that the owner of the motel, Kiranbhai Patel, appear before him Wednesday at 9 a.m.  The police department has been authorized to refund verifiable registration fees paid in advance by confirmed motel guests.  Personal property found in rooms where guests are not present will be placed in the office area where it can be claimed later.

A continuing investigation since last December found that The Thrifty Inn has been the scene of a number of crimes.  From January 1, 2014 through this month, South Precinct officers have responded to 586 calls for service on a variety of crime reports, including illegal drug sales (which resulted in the execution of multiple search warrants), domestic disturbances, thefts, and shots fired.

“The Thrifty Inn has proven to be a drain on resources,” Chief Steve Anderson said.  “The men and women of the South Precinct work to protect a 70 square mile area.  It is not fair to other neighborhoods and businesses when we have to keep sending officers to the same place for the same issues, over and over, for years.”

Judge Dozier’s order also directs that the Metro Health Department, Fire Marshal’s Office and Codes Department inspect the motel.  Metro Health received at least three complaints about bed bugs at The Thrifty Inn during 2016.  Two of the three complaints resulted in the confirmed presence of bed bugs.

As The Thrifty Inn is being closed today, several agencies are on standby to provide guests with needed emergency assistance, including transportation to another motel.  Those agencies making their services available include Metro Social Services, MTA, Metro Animal Control, Mobile Crisis and the Department of Children’s Services.