Demolition of Pensacola motel brings concern and hope for what's next
PENSACOLA, Fla. (WEAR) —
Demolition crews have started taking down a major eyesore in Pensacola, the old Travel Inn Motel.
It's a piece of Pensacola some residents could do without, and now it's gone.
The crumbling walls of the Travel Inn Motel are coming down and residents are eager to say goodbye.
"This involves the impact on the community immediately surrounding this area," said Leon Kennedy.
Heavy machines are still piling up debris from the old inn.
Now, the lot is littered with broken glass, doors hanging off the hinges, and trash left behind from renters.
Mike Wood with the Pensacola Police Department said they've seen some crazy things there while responding to calls over the years.
"What I can say is that we have a lot of incidents around that area from disturbances, to prostitution, to shootings and things like that," Wood explained.
Now that the building is gone, Wood hopes it will help lower crime there.
"I don't know that the demolition of the motel will impact the area, that is something we will just have to wait and see," Wood mentioned.
Residents say the demolition is the end of an eyesore that will make room for long-awaited improvements along Cervantes Street.
Kennedy said the motel wasn't bad "back in the day" but just kept getting worse.
Although he is happy the building is gone, he's now concerned about what is left behind.
"If anything else, if nothing else I should say, they should have at least a sprinkler system to dampen the dust from covering the entire neighborhood immediately surrounding the area," added Kennedy.
Kennedy said he called the City of Pensacola for over a week with concerns about the demolition.
"I haven't heard back from them. I viewed my concerns about this because this is not the standards OSHA has set its guidelines up for this job to be done," Kennedy said.
Channel 3 reached out to Pensacola City Manager Vernon Stewart.
Stewart tells us the city doesn't own the property and they've seen no plans for its future.
The city says the cleanup should be finished soon.