Residents sign petition to close Charlotte motel

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Residents in one Charlotte neighborhood say they've had enough with a local motel. Neighbors in Commonwealth Park say the Charlotte Inn attracts danger and needs to go. Over 500 residents want the city to shut it down.

Allison Billings says every time she drives by the inn, she fears for her life. It's been open for decades, and it's been site for murder and prostitution. Billings lives just a few blocks away from the inn.

"We are certainly a really welcoming diverse neighborhood and it's not about picking on people at all. It's about watching drug deals go down," Billings said.

Billings and around 500 other residents signed a petition they emailed to city council members late this week. Last Monday, the council voted against next year's budget that included buying and knocking down the Charlotte Inn.

"It was pretty heartbreaking. Everybody was pretty positive it was going to pass. The Police Department was positive it was going to pass, and the neighborhood association was positive it was going to pass. At the last minute it turned around," said neighbor Jason Van Buren.

WBTV reached out to the owner of the Charlotte Inn for comment, but was told he would not be available to talk until Monday. Previously, management told WBTV the inn did nothing wrong and will stay open.

Charlotte city council members will vote on a final budget on Monday, June 25th. No word yet if the inn purchase and demolition will be included in the final budget.

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