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Former motel building razed after years of crime calls

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012 9:47 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 1:23 PM
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By the end of the week, the lot on Gordon Highway that once housed Super Inn will be empty.

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Clifford Curtis speaks to Joel Redman (in cab) as they work at the site of the former Augusta Super Inn on Gordon Highway. The motel property had been a source of criminal calls for the Richmond County's Sheriff's Office for more than 10 years.  Sara Caldwell/Staff
Sara Caldwell/Staff
Clifford Curtis speaks to Joel Redman (in cab) as they work at the site of the former Augusta Super Inn on Gordon Highway. The motel property had been a source of criminal calls for the Richmond County's Sheriff's Office for more than 10 years.

The motel, previously known as Adams Super Inn and Augusta Super Inn, across from Southgate shopping center, has been a problem area for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office for more than 10 years.

The property has been vacant since the motel was closed in December 2009. A fire a year later finished it off.

“For many years, it was the single location that generated the most calls for the sheriff’s office,” Capt. Scott Gay said.

In addition to aggravated assaults, prostitution and drug deals, the place was the site of at least two homicides since 2006.

In November 2006, Leonard Anthony Jr., 30, died after being stabbed in a motel room. Police said it stemmed from an argument over who urinated on the motel room door.

Three years later, Jimmy Jackson, 44, died after he was stabbed at the motel.

A December 2007 drug deal at the motel eventually led to the death of Corwin Lee. Authorities said Lee, 38, was beaten after a drug deal went bad. His burned body was discovered several days later in Aiken County.

“We did everything we could to deter crime,” Gay said. “We did sting after sting, but it seemed like whatever we did, it was back to normal in a week or two.”

Pam Costabile, the city’s code enforcement manager, said the property had “a little bit of everything” when it was closed down in 2009. Inspectors found inoperable fire alarms, broken windows, exposed wiring and bugs.

Costabile said code enforcement had been having issues with the property since 2006.

Even after it closed, the property continued to see its share of problems with squatters, eventually leading to a fire that destroyed much of the building in 2010.

“Tearing it down was the best option,” Gay said. “The property will be of some value to somebody.”

For a while, there was concern that other motels were following in the Super Inn’s footsteps.

More than a year ago, Gay said, there were talks of starting a task force to combat problems in motels and abandoned, dilapidated homes in the area.

“It came to budget issues,” he said. “We were trying to create a task force with people we had in place and we just couldn’t sustain that type of enforcement action unless it was funded.”

Instead, code enforcement and the health, fire and sheriff’s departments met with several of the problematic businesses to discuss changes that needed to be made to keep the doors open.

Several of the hotels, many of which are on Gordon Highway, have been temporarily shut down while owners bring the buildings back up to code, Costabile said.

“They’re improving, slowly, but improving,” she said.

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Cadence
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Cadence 01/04/12 - 12:06 am
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Was this the old Hornes Motel

Was this the old Hornes Motel or was it further up the road towards Southgate?

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/04/12 - 12:10 am
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Great!! Now, we need to put

Great!!

Now, we need to put some real teeth into the license and inspections division and allow them to close businesses and rental properties who fail to bring businesses up to minimal codes and standards. Enforce ALL of the current laws aggressively and adopt ordinances to require the removal of businesses and rental properties or abandoned homes such as this.

Have heavy fines for property owners who fail to comply and you can close up many of the drug and prostitution homes and problem areas within our county.

itsanotherday
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itsanotherday 01/04/12 - 12:21 am
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Cadence, if I'm not mistaken
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Cadence, if I'm not mistaken it was close to the corner of Tubman Home Road.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/04/12 - 04:18 am
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Well-put, Asitisinaug.

Well-put, Asitisinaug.

Cestlavie
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Cestlavie 01/04/12 - 07:49 am
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@Asitis - No, that hotel is

@Asitis - No, that hotel is still around. This is the one on the corner of Gordon Hwy and Tubman Home Rd. across from Southgate. Goodbye and good riddance!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/04/12 - 08:08 am
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Keep tearing down places like

Keep tearing down places like that creating green space. Do a Detroit makeover on Augusta.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/04/12 - 08:26 am
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Something evidently is in the

Something evidently is in the works for this area....& it is about time too...this was a thriving shopping center at one time & can be again...I don't care what the naysayers say....
Ya'll might start calling me countygal of South Augusta.......I did notice how nice the area is now around the National....at one time that was an eyesore too...I heard some of the plans they have for the National & it sounds GREAT!----new blood running the show----old money making it work though----I wonder when they will call me & ask me to join---the first FEMALE with the group ---heheh---

rmwardsr
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rmwardsr 01/04/12 - 08:56 am
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seenitB4- I want to be the

seenitB4- I want to be the first common man to join the Augusta National. I would like to take my garden tiller and do some plowing on the back nine, maybe plant a few tomato plants back there. You and I both know we stand a better chance of a snow storm on July 4th than an invitation to join the Augusta National.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 01/04/12 - 09:09 am
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I remember my aunts and

I remember my aunts and uncles going to Adams Lounge back in the 70's, apparently it was pretty hopping back then......maybe this area could be nice again seenitb4, we can only hope.

junkyardpig
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junkyardpig 01/04/12 - 09:16 am
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the adams inn was further

the adams inn was further down the road on the corner of doug barnard pkwy and gordon hwy. the place being torn down was the honky tonk. the problems just moved to the other motels in the area.

Discussionstarter
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Discussionstarter 01/04/12 - 09:41 am
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Now... if they would just

Now... if they would just move that tractor to a new site every day maybe we could clean up Richmond County by the end of the year.

deborah30906
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deborah30906 01/04/12 - 09:46 am
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Hard to believe that the

Hard to believe that the building used to be a Holiday Inn and one of the nicest places in town. I met Wilson Pickett and Bob Seger there many years ago. The rooms were beautiful and the pools were great. How did the place fall so far from grace?

beboisme
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beboisme 01/04/12 - 09:48 am
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Ah, the Honky Tonk and

Ah, the Honky Tonk and Hornes. Hornes was the best little meet and greet around town for us country music fans and what a great band they had. Lost my first husband to one of those Horne and Honky Tonk honey's!

tinman
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tinman 01/04/12 - 10:08 am
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I agree with some of you on

I agree with some of you on most things. But do you remember the big hoopla about the XMart being an eyesore on the gateways to the city? Well. I think it looks a lot better than the old Hornes and the old Adams Inns. Both are dumps and need to go!!

my.voice
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my.voice 01/04/12 - 10:12 am
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"was demolished" is a better

"was demolished" is a better title than destroyed.

JRC2024
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JRC2024 01/04/12 - 10:14 am
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I think Confederate Railroad

I think Confederate Railroad got their start at the Honky Tonk. They used to have real good bands there. I also went to Hornes, DW Frys, Surrey Center, and all the watering holes. Had a good time without drugs back then. I wonder where all the ones you don't want to be around went when Adams was closed?

beboisme
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beboisme 01/04/12 - 10:28 am
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Probably The Safari or Our

Probably The Safari or Our friends Place where Coyotees is now. And your right The Confederate Railroad beginning was at the Honky Tonk, but then again I am way to young to remember that!! Lord I'm so glad the bar scene is way past me now. After several years of not going to a bar I attended an after reception party at Coyotees and was very surprised to see nice looking young ladies behaving so badly. Can not and would not be doing the things they did especially in a public venu. Where were their mamas and daddy's?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/04/12 - 10:35 am
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Beboisme said, "After several

Beboisme said, "After several years of not going to a bar I attended an after reception party at Coyotees and was very surprised to see nice looking young ladies behaving so badly."

You're complaing about that? Being in an evironment like that usually costs.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/04/12 - 10:57 am
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Sounds posh even. Would be

Sounds posh even. Would be so boss to get it back somehow and the downtown area is the most appropriate centre for a renaissance. I really care less who gets it done or how! Somebody with some vision, take the reigns and provide our fair city with the sustenance to prosper.

PghSteelersFan
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PghSteelersFan 01/04/12 - 11:03 am
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I remember the Holiday Inn -

I remember the Holiday Inn - it was a really nice place. It had a nice dining room - we went there occasionally after Church. Then up the road to HoJo's for one of their 28 flavors of ice cream.. Going to HoJo's was a 'treat' since we lived on the Hill and it was a long way out there in those days, at least for a little kid. We had to settle for the Dairy Queen on Walton Way most of the time.

David Parker
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David Parker 01/04/12 - 11:11 am
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Is the Pink Dipper still

Is the Pink Dipper still dippin on Peach Orchard? I remember my Mama getting me a big honkin scoop of pink bubble gum and it dripping all over me on the way home. good times, gooooood times.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/04/12 - 12:08 pm
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Gordon Highway is the highway
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Gordon Highway is the highway to hell.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/04/12 - 02:12 pm
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@Steelers fan, it was the

@Steelers fan, it was the Holiday Inn and in it's day 40 years ago it was a bright spot on the Gordon Highway. @tv, don't forget Shoney!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/04/12 - 02:42 pm
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Riverman1, Amen!!

Riverman1, Amen!!

broad street narrow mind
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broad street narrow mind 01/04/12 - 05:29 pm
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did this come from the
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did this come from the demolition fund? i think the total funds for the year is $100,000. i find it distressing that the commission could find $100k for the mayor's new pr person but not another $100k for demolitions of properties that have needed attention for years. where did funding come from, how much and who did it go to?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/04/12 - 10:50 pm
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Asitisinaug! Don't encourage

Asitisinaug! Don't encourage River's bad behavior.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 01/05/12 - 08:01 am
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rmwardsr says... You and I

rmwardsr says...
You and I both know we stand a better chance of a snow storm on July 4th than an invitation to join the Augusta National.

Ya just never know ....strange things happen in Augusta sometimes...we have to remain POSITIVE...:)

mel1968
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mel1968 01/05/12 - 04:16 pm
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I bartended at the Honky Tonk

I bartended at the Honky Tonk when LE Adams owned it and it was the place to be..

Before he owned it, I met Travis Tritt and True Grit there. But after seeing what it became after the HT closed down, it needed to be destroyed...

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