Back in March of 2015, the Mayor and police chief were going to look into the increased crime occurring at Motel 6 on 20 Jefferson Blvd in Warwick. Prostitution, manufacturing of crystal meth and gunfire had the Mayor stating:
“Not for the purpose of taking their licenses away from doing their business, but I think more to have them sit down and review their business model, see if we can tighten up their cooperation with law enforcement and see if we can lower the incidences that we’re seeing right now,” he explained. (WPRI).
Motel 6, formerly owned by Coastal Holding Warwick LLC, was sold on 12/18/2015 to JSK Providence, LLC for
$3,537,000. According to the numbers, it doesn't look like "a new business model" has decreased the level of criminal activity at their motel.. in fact, it looks like it's getting worse.
The weekday room rate of $79.09/night and the weekend rate range of $109.99- $129.99/night are not deterring the illegal activity rates.
According to a recent public records request response from the city, Warwick taxpayers are still having to cover the bill for the increasing public safety incidents associated with the ongoing "nefarious activities" (as the chief put it) taking place at Motel 6.
Over a one year time period, from July 2016- July 2017-- Warwick police and fire have responded to *540 * Motel 6 calls.
- 232 police
- 308 fire/rescue
This is ludicrous!
Back in March of 2015, the Mayor and the Chief were not certain if they had the authority to shut Motel 6 down and would be looking into it further.
Chief McCartney stated:
"I can assure you if this was in a residential area, the residents would have gone nuts a long time ago,” McCartney said. “It is really abutting the highway and most of the people we have arrested are either from out of town or out of state.”
The issue is, Warwick taxpayers are paying the increasing public safety bills while this motel stays open! This motel attracts degenerate, illegal activity into our community and it doesn't look like new ownership has changed anything. Why does it need to be in a residential neighborhood to matter more? It's in our city, and the taxpayers pay the public safety bills.
Does it take another meth lab manufacturing bust, prostiution of minors, or maybe a murder to make the news again, for city leadership to step up to the -being proactive plate- and take action?
The Chief stated back in March of 2015 that he wasn't looking to put Motel 6 out of business. Why not? What good is this establishment doing for our community?
Is the city that desperate for the tax revenue?