Officials debate future of Parkcrest Inn in Harper Woods

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published July 23, 2020

 Harper Woods city officials are considering revoking the business license of the Parkcrest Inn due to a high volume of crime reported at the business.

Harper Woods city officials are considering revoking the business license of the Parkcrest Inn due to a high volume of crime reported at the business.

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HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods City Council is debating revoking the business license of the Parkcrest Inn after recommendations by the city’s director of public safety at the July 13 City Council meeting.

Vincent Smith, the public safety director, said the motel has become a focal point of crime in the city.

“I presented this to the council to make them aware of the Public Safety Department’s response to the situation and to make the community aware of the situation,” said Smith.

The inn is located at 20000 Harper Ave., between Vernier Road and Huntington Avenue. Smith said numerous crimes, several of them violent, have put the inn on the radar of local law enforcement for some time.

“In the month of June, we had two shooting incidents at the motel, we had two overdoses, and over the last year we had an officer over there arresting people for increased narcotic activity,” he explained. “We also had several outside departments arrest fugitives there.”

He said he doesn’t know why the motel has had such a high level of criminal activity. He also said that there is a danger to local residents in not addressing the problem.

“It’s becoming a public nuisance to the neighborhood. Fortunately, no one has been hit by the incidents of gunfire we’ve seen, but it’s an ongoing issue. Since January of 2017, we’ve been there 849 times,” he said.

Sree Kolli, a manager at the Parkcrest Inn, said the inn’s owners are doing everything possible to dissuade and prevent criminal activity at the business.

“Management is taking precautions, such as hiring private security and turning away customers who are causing trouble and restricting the time people can stay; they can only stay for no more than three days,” he said. “I don’t understand how else the city thinks we can respond.”

He added that whatever the city dictates, the Parkcrest Inn owners and staff will follow.

“Whatever the city of Harper Woods and the Harper Woods police want to do, we are willing to cooperate; we are already following their instructions. We want to run a clean business,” said Kolli. “We can promise 100% to be willing to do our level best to spend our money to hire private security and keep the bad people away from the property. We only want good people. We are willing to lose business to do this.”