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Columbia hotel agrees to relinquish business license

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The Best Way Inn at 2322 Two Notch Road agreed to voluntarily relinquish its business license Friday.

The Columbia Police Department representatives sent a letter of notification to K. Patel, owner and operator of the Columbia hotel, with intention to declare the hotel a nuisance.

As a result of the letter, Patel met with police officials July 10 to discuss whether the business should be declared a public nuisance due to excessive calls for service, narcotics activity and prostitution, which contribute to blight in the area. During the meeting Patel agreed to surrender his business license by close of business Friday.

“We are continuing to identify establishments in the Two Notch Road corridor that are negatively impacting the quality of life for the residents of that area, and holding owner and operators of the businesses accountable,” Columbia Police Chief Skip Holbrook said in a press release.

In the span of a year, police officers responded to 138 calls for service, taking 42 incident reports at the Best Way Inn, including shots fired calls, shootings with an injured person, narcotics use/transactions, trespassing complaints and special property checks.

Operating a business without a business license, or when the license has been surrendered or revoked, would be considered a criminal act for which a person could be arrested and subject to a penalty pursuant to Section 8-40 (b) of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Columbia.

A formal document outlining the details of the understanding between the City of Columbia and Patel was signed by both parties.

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