The city of Little Rock announced this afternoon that it was moving to close the Acme Motel at 3301 W. Roosevelt Road by 5 p.m. Friday.
Occupants have 48 hours to vacate. The city said a Fire Department inspection July 31 turned up numerous code violations. From a city release:
“The hazards in this complex represent a threat to all occupants, emergency responders and the citizens of Little Rock,” said Gregory Summers, Little Rock Fire Department chief. “The assessment prompted our recommendation to close down the facility and prevent occupancy until all code requirements are satisfied.”
Bruce Moore, City of Little Rock city manager, emphasized the importance of a proactive approach in situations like this one.
“The City of Little Rock ensures that occupants in commercial establishments have access to safe and adequate living environments,” said Moore. “If those quality-of-life standards are not met, we have a duty to take immediate preventative actions.”
City staff will be available on Thursday and Friday to assist any current occupants desiring transitional help. Additionally, the Little Rock Police Department will offer increased surveillance of the area while members of the City of Little Rock Department of Housing and Neighborhood Programs secure the facility.
The city has moved against other motels in the past. Some have reopened after improvements.