Friday November 24th 2017

Crescent Motel to be Closed by City

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BUENA PARK Calif. (FNP) – The city of Buena Park completed the first step in closing down the Crescent Motel on Beach Boulevard near Knott’s Berry Farm this week.

Besides a series of code violations, police and members of the community said the hotel is a hot-bed of crime. At the last planning commission meeting, the staff recommended the revocation of the condition use permit (CUP) to operate the motel located at 8530 Beach Boulevard.

The commission said the establishment was being operated in a manner “detrimental to the public health, safety, and welfare” of the community. Police say there were 128 arrests at the hotel last year with 732 calls for service.

The hotel’s owner, Loc Van Nguyen, asked for more time to comply with the inspector’s requirements. His attorney, Francesco Simone, told the commission that he would appeal a revocation and would likely sue the city. Commissioner Rosen wanted to give Nguyen a “fair hearing” and Diep had questions about the process.

Although Nguyen has owned the property since 2004, he had contracted the operation out to a third party and didn’t know how deteriorated the hotel had become. Since taking back control of the hotel, he has replaced carpet and made other improvements to the property, including correcting 157 current code violations. They also removed graffiti and installed outside lighting. They will also hire security personnel.

Most of those in attendance wanted to see the CUP revoked. They cited police chases through their neighborhoods.

In the end, the vote was unanimous. All seven commissioners voted for a resolution to revoke the permit. Another hearing will be held before it is finalized.

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