City seeks to close south-side hotel on nuisance charges

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The city of Indianapolis wants to shut down a far south-side hotel and has filed a lawsuit against it owners to start the process.

Sean Bruske of Upland, Calif., and Indianapolis-based not-for-profit Reuse America Inc., owners of the Traveler’s Inn at 602 E. Thompson Road, face public nuisance charges and are accused of operating without a proper business license, as required by city ordinance.

The suit, filed on Monday, said that since July 2008 city police have made more than 1,200 runs to the hotel to respond to criminal, public safety and nuisance complaints.

“The activities that occur at Traveler’s Inn demonstrate the motel’s inability to operate a responsible business and provide a safe environment for overnight guests,” said Helen Marchal, a city prosecutor, in a written statement. “These property owners have created a public nuisance by allowing their property to become a hot spot for crime.” 

Charles Shafer, a board member for Reuse America, told local TV station Fox59 that his group acquired the property last year and has turned it into an affordable extended-stay hotel for low-income families. He said police calls have fallen to almost zero since the group added 24-hour security in March.



  • ummm...
    seriously jj? 1200 calls in three years? just in case you aren't able to do the calculation, that's more than three calls per DAY! excessive by any definition. and Tom, if the new owners cant be bothered to obtain the proper permits after four months of ownership, they've HAD their "chance(s)"...
    This HOTEL is on Thompson Road next door to Red Lobster. While eating one evening children were trying to get in our parked car while their mother sat in a lawn chair watching them.
    This place is a eyesore
  • Nuisances?
    Let's see... While we're closing "nuisances", let's close Blackburn Terrace, Glendale Mall, OH; and the entire Broad Ripple Village complex. IPS needs to be closed, based on the number of fights, etc., that go on therein...

    The new owners have barely gotten started; let's give 'em a chance.
  • Nothing but trouble
    We will be glad to see this place closed. Occupants have been nothing but trouble. Most of the people come and live in this hotel are criminals. It has been a trouble for the whole neighborhood. Every other day, the police is coming and finding criminals there but still we have reports of break ins and thefts being reported. City needs to take action and shut down this place.
  • other problems
    I wonder how much police protection and police runs go to circle city mall, or parking lots around the city, or the Circle.
    Maybe the prosecuter should close down these problems.

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