Demolition to begin on troubled Charlotte Inn

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - In just a few days, a problem spot for police, and eyesore for the community will be torn down.

Demolition on the Charlotte Inn on Independence is already underway, and neighbors say they are excited about the news.

"(There was) a lot of traffic in and out. I believe there was a lot of prostituting. A lot of crazy things. I didn't let my kids come out and play," said neighbor Johnnah Phillips.

For years, police constantly responded to the Inn because of prostitution, drug overdoses, and even murder. The Inn closed earlier this summer.

Charlotte resident Jonathan Nazeer just moved back to the Queen City and says he's considering moving near the old Inn after it's torn down.

"This certainly changes my thoughts on moving into the area," he said.

He's excited because his two children will be able to play where the Inn is currently located. The City of Charlotte purchased the land last year, and will convert the site into green space.

"It's certainly a much better situation than what was previously here," he said.

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