Posted on June 19, 2012 at 8:49 AM
Tuesday, Jun 19 at 9:42 AM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Neighbors in the Commonwealth Park area have been working to shut down a nearby motel they call a problem to the quality of life for the community.
Jason Van Beuran and his neighbors were hopeful when the city's capital improvement plan included a section focused on cleaning up Independence Boulevard and closing the Charlotte Inn.
Early blueprints put a greenway in place of the Charlotte Inn but when the city shut down the budget, they shut down the capital improvement plan.
However, the people who live in the houses around the Charlotte Inn collected more than 500 signatures asking city council to make sure it doesn't fall through the budget war cracks.
NewsChannel 36 took its concerns to Charlotte City Councilman Andy Dulin.
"I don't want anyone's grandparents, parents or travelers to come in there and think that's what Charlotte is about," Dulin said. "We need to clean that up and I'm committed to doing that."
The owners the Charlotte Inn aren't leaving without a fight, they're renovating the rooms and people living at the motel say it’s not that bad.
"If it shuts down, my daughter will end up at the women's shelter with her child, and my husband and I will be sleeping in our car," said tenant Renee Brady.