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Troubled 34th Street N motel has new name, policy

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34th Street N motel has new name, policy

The Kenwood Village Inn is now open for business at 701 34th St. N, and owner Michael Shimshoni says the renovated extended stay motel is much improved.

As the Economy Inn Express, the motel drew the ire of residents and City Council members after it was the subject of a scathing report that found it was the site of drug dealing, drug use and prostitution.

Since purchasing the motel in April, Shimshoni, who also owns the Mosley Motel at 401 34th St. N, surrounded the Village Inn with a 4-foot fence, renovated all 24 studio efficiency rooms and added 24-hour security.

A new resident policy only allows stays of a week or more. Shimshoni said he named the motel after the adjoining neighborhood because he wants it to be part of the community.

ST. PETE BEACh

Grand opening event at Gulf Blvd. hotel

The Postcard Inn on the Beach will have its grand opening from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The 196-room hotel is at 6300 Gulf Blvd. The hotel also includes a Wildwood BBQ and Burger restaurant as well as a makeover for the ever-popular, tin roof beach bar, the Swigwam.

For more information, call (727) 367-2711 or visit online at postcardinn.com.

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Troubled 34th Street N motel has new name, policy 10/20/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 3:32pm]
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