Public safety concerns are ongoing in every city. I believe that it is my responsibility to be proactive and responsive to the concerns of residents and business owners. In 2018, Blue Springs City Council passed a Hotel/Motel Ordinance to alleviate issues that were occurring at several hotels located in District 1. The ordinance was modeled after a similar ordinance in Branson, Missouri. As a result of this ordinance, we have seen a reduction in emergency 911 calls of approximately 30%.
The recent purchase of the abandoned hotel at Highway 7 and I-70 will result in the demolition of the hotel. It has been an eyesore for many years, a magnet for vagrants and has caused significant concern for our residents. The new owner will present their development plan soon and I, along with you, am excited to see what opportunities await us at this location.