SOLICITOR-GENERAL’S OFFICE HOLDS MEETING WITH RED ROOF INN REPRESENTATIVES ABOUT SAFETY CONCERNS

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 2, 2019) – The Gwinnett County Solicitor General’s Office in October issued notifications to multiple hotels in the Norcross area regarding the pervasiveness of crime at local extended stay hotels. “Our primary concern is for the families, many in transition and with children, seniors, and persons with disabilities, that are living in these facilities,” said Solicitor’s Office Investigator Curtis Clemons. The hotels were told to address crime and other ordinance issues or become subject to nuisance violations, and ultimately abatement proceedings, if they did not come into compliance.

Several hotel chains, including Extended Stay America near Gwinnett Place Mall and Country Inn and Suites on Jimmy Carter Boulevard, immediately contacted the Solicitor General’s Office and are now in compliance. Further investigation into hotels, specifically the Red Roof Inn and its other brands inside the cities of Norcross and Suwanee, were determined to have unacceptably high crime rates.

Clemons, who has taken the lead in this effort, will host a meeting with the Norcross and Suwanee police chiefs and Greg Stocker, security director for Red Roof Inn and Red Roof Corporate legal counsel. The meeting will be held at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Courtroom 1A at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. Attendees will discuss concerns for the safety of hotel residents and draft a plan for accountability and crime reduction at Red Roof Inn establishments.

The Solicitor General’s Office will continue the pursuit of hotels and extended stay living facilities that fail to provide a safe environment for their guests or adhere to county and municipal ordinances for proper esthetic maintenance and services to their customers.

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