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Interstate area hotel owners are working with the Town of Springdale to clean up their image

Springdale, SC - On September 21, 2016 the owners of two hotels in Springdale met with Town of Springdale staff to discuss ways to clean up the image of the two hotels.

The two hotels, Travelers Inn and Carolina Lodge, want the community to know that they want good business and want to provide a safe atmosphere for their customers.

The last meeting covered several topics that will enhance the safety and the appearance of the properties in question. Conversations included lighting up dark portions of the properties. This additional lighting includes asking the SCDOT to light up the vacant property in front of the two hotels and the dark road behind the hotels.

There were also discussions regarding the clearing of the overgrown and unmaintained vegetation on the hotel properties as well as the property owned by SCDOT at the corner of the I-26 exit ramp and Airport Blvd.

Both hotels have also committed to fixing any broken fences along the back of the properties. There have also been discussions about recruiting a business to occupy the old restaurant next to the Travelers Inn.

Conversations focused on crimes at the two locations. All of the attendees agreed that it would be mutually beneficial to reduce the crime that has been taking place. Police Chief Kevin Cornett said, "Simply put, we want people to know that if they want to be involved in crime that these two places are not the place for you. Springdale will not be the home for anyone's criminal activity."

The two hotel owners have worked with the Springdale Police Department to develop agreements to place people involved in a disturbance at one of the hotels on trespass notices. The two hotels are working together to keep people causing issues at one location from migrating to another nearby hotel.

This is the fourth time that the group has met. The hope is that other stakeholders from the community will join in future meetings. "This is not something that we can just arrest our way out of," said Chief Cornett, "There has to be a multi-pronged approach to solve the underlying issue. Otherwise, we will continue to face these problems over and over again."

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