The motel at 2490 Mt. Moriah near American Way has been the site of criminal activity including drug trafficking, assaults, robberies, thefts and domestic violence. In addition, the Memphis Fire Department last month found multiple fire code violations and life-safety hazards.
In a memorandum of understanding with the city and state, owners Jianping Zhu and Tianlai Hu agreed to address all fire and health code violations, give police access to all common areas of the inn at all times, install operable surveillance cameras to monitor the entire premises and allow police access, require photo ID of any guest, maintain detailed records of all rentals, repair worn fencing on premises, and not knowingly rent rooms to anyone previously convicted of crimes arising out of arrests at the Governor’s Inn.
If any condition of the agreement is violated, an immediate application to close the inn can be filed with the court by authority of the current nuisance petition. The owners will meet in 45 days with members of DA’s Office and the City Attorney’s Office to evaluate compliance and negotiate dismissal of the matter.
The Governor’s Inn was the subject of a previous nuisance action in 2014 for similar problems, but that matter was disposed of in court a short time later after owners made court-ordered safety improvements.
The inn is about a mile or less from Overton High School, Willow Baptist Church, Faith Christian Church and Arthur Halle Stadium where high school sports events are held.
The petition for the temporary injunction/restraining order was filed by Gen. Weirich, Chief Prosecutor Paul Hagerman of the DA’s Crime Strategies Prosecution Unit, and by Asst. City Prosecutor William L. Gibbons Jr.