Roselawn's crime-ridden Sycamore Hotel closes its doors

ROSELAWN, OH (FOX19) - By way of a court order, the Sycamore Hotel in Roselawn has closed its doors. Court documents indicate the property has been a hotbed of police activity over the years.

In the papers, it reads the Sycamore Hotel has 'become one of the most, if not the most, crime ridden properties in the City of Cincinnati'.

The hotel was built in 1947.

Court papers were filed last Wednesday by the City of Cincinnati and city solicitor against Dava Partnership, LLC, Ashvin H. Gandhi and William McCulloch.

Cincinnati is seeking a 'temporary restraining order' that will close the property for a year, in addition to several other requests.

The city claims Cincinnati Police had more than 500 calls for services to the hotel in 2012. On top of that, they say they've had more than 260 drug and prostitution arrests on the property since 2002.

It's said in the papers that there have been 24 felony drug arrests, and 'countless' misdemeanor drug arrests.

Through affidavits filed by two city police officers, including the paperwork, they outline several instances involving the sale of drugs like crack cocaine and prostitution activity.

In addition, it is the top commercial property in Cincinnati for calls for service to the Cincinnati Police Department.

The court papers say Gandhi and McCulloch have knowledge of drug activity, prostitution and violence at the hotel, but have taken no meaningful steps to address it.

To see all of the paperwork filed in the Court of Common Pleas in Hamilton County in regards to this matter, follow this link:

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