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Vacant, blighted hotel planned for demolition

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The hotel, which is located on Alston Avenue near the Metal Museum, is one of the first buildings drivers see from Interstate 55 when you enter Tennessee from Arkansas. (Source: WMC Action News 5) The hotel, which is located on Alston Avenue near the Metal Museum, is one of the first buildings drivers see from Interstate 55 when you enter Tennessee from Arkansas. (Source: WMC Action News 5)
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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced the vacant and dilapidated Quality Inn hotel in the French Fort Historic District will be demolished. 

Strickland said Wednesday that an agreement was facilitated to eventually demolish the building.

The hotel, which is located on Alston Avenue near the Metal Museum, is one of the first buildings drivers see from Interstate 55 when they enter Tennessee from Arkansas. It has been vacant for 26 years, but people who live nearby report people using drugs on the property, having sexual encounters, and running customers away from nearby businesses.

The property has also reportedly become a dumping ground for tires and other trash. 

Neighbors said they were fed up with the hotel’s presence, especially the boarded up windows and crumbling brick.

Sarah Lewis is one of the neighbors credited with urging city leaders to take action.

"Some morning you wake up, and you get fed up,” Lewis said.

Strickland said it only took a couple of weeks to come to an agreement with the owner of the property and neighbors to schedule a demolition of the building.

"Communication and respect go a long way, and we got great results here today,” Strickland said.

The Mayor said this is only the beginning of his attack on blight throughout the city.

"We chose to stay here, and therefore should not have to look at this when we go into or leave out of our neighborhood,” Lewis said.

Strickland said they are in the planning phase of figuring out what the land will be used for, but neighbors said regardless of what is built, they would like to be kept in the loop and a part of those future discussions.

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