Motel Still Fighting City's Attempt To Close It

Indianapolis Seeks Injunction To Forcibly End Business

The owner of a motel that the city has tried to close for more than a year said Tuesday he would fight Indianapolis' latest move to force closure.

A Marion County judge last week affirmed the city's right to revoke the operating license of Indy East Motel, located in the 5800 block of East Washington Street. The city has been trying since spring 2006 to close the motel, saying it is a breeding ground for criminal activity.

The city, having revoked the license following Friday's ruling, went to court Tuesday to seek a preliminary injunction to forcibly close the motel. The motel has remained open since last week's ruling.

The motel's owner told 6News' Jack Rinehart that he would file an appeal.

Between 2001 and early 2006, police responded to more than 900 incidents at Indy East, authorities said. Many of the calls were related to drugs and prostitution, police said.

The city said the Indy East is the latest in a series of motels it hopes to close. The city said motels near 21st Street and Shadeland Avenue could be targeted next, adding that five of them have accounted for more than 600 police runs since January 2006.

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