Northland News

Judge orders Super 8 motel closed


Yet another motel in the Northland area was ordered closed by Franklin County Environmental Court Judge Daniel R. Hawkins.

Hawkins signed an order today, June 24, closing the Super 8 Motel, 1078 E. Dublin-Granville Road, as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 25.

The judge ordered the motel to be closed indefinitely and all tenants were advised by notices police officers posted on all the establishment’s doors to leave. Anyone attempting to re-enter the building Wednesday could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor.

“Any prepared or refund issues must be addressed with the Super 8 Motel management,” the warning notices state. “Do not contact the Columbus Police as this is a civil issue that can only be addressed through small claims court.”

A shelter coordinator from Maryhaven is scheduled to be in the motel’s parking lot beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, the notice adds.

City Attorney Richard C. Pfeiffer Jr.’s office filed a motion for a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order with the Environmental Court against Super 8 Motel, Northland Hotel Inc. and four people named as the owners.

The temporary restraining order request was granted by Judge Hawkins, according to the Franklin County Clerk of Courts website. A hearing is scheduled at 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.

The abrupt closing of the Super 8 Motel follows on the heels of similar actions taken by city officials against two other hotels near the Interstate 71 intersection with state Route 161.

In late May, Hawkins ordered that the Red Carpet Inn, 1289 E. Dublin-Granville Road, be closed for a year. That ruling has been appealed.

And in January, visiting Judge Teresa L. Liston signed similar orders to close Columbus Inn and Suites, 6121 Zumstein Drive, until the third week of 2015.