While the Star City Inn & Suites remains closed, Lee Elle Management, the hotel's owner, might be interested in redeveloping the site for a new hotel project.

A hearing scheduled for June 23 in the Franklin County Environmental Court to allow Star City, 3131 Broadway, to appeal the shut down of the site was continued.

"Based on the conversations I've had with the attorney representing the owner, I don't believe they are going to pursue the matter any further," city attorney Stephen Smith said.

There appears to be interest on the part of the owner to redevelop the property, he said.

"My understanding from their attorney is they are considering demolishing the existing structure and beginning a new hotel project on the site," Smith said.

Attempts to reach Brian Basil, the attorney representing the Star City, by press time were unsuccessful.

The city successfully gained an ex parte order June 15 from Judge Daniel Hawkins of the Franklin County Environmental Court allowing the city to close down the hotel.

An ex parte order is granted without both parties involved in a case being present, Smith said.

The city moved to close down the motel after seeing an increase in illegal activity this year, said Bill Vedra, Grove City's safety director.

There were 362 police and emergency medical service calls to the motel in 2016, said Don Walters, the city's director of community and business relations.

"In the first five months of this year, we were on a pace that was 50 percent more in monthly calls over last year," he said.

The type of calls ran the gamut, Walters said.

"Everything from overdoses, prostitution, drug sales and a homicide that happened at the motel last year," Walters said.

Temesgen Zerihun, 44, died Sept. 28, 2016, after police found him with a gunshot wound at the location.

The city's police department made numerous attempts to reach out to the motel with suggestions for addressing the rampant illegal activity, Vedra said, including installing security cameras and checking guests' personal identification.

"Over the years, we've had three hotels we've targeted because there was so much criminal activity going on," Smith said.

The other two properties took steps to rectify situations, but the city received little response from the Star City Inn & Suites, he said.

Under Hawkins order, the location can remain closed for up to a year if the inn's owner does not appeal, Smith said.

The hotel remains closed and no one is allowed on the property, he said.

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