The city is telling one of the worst motels still around, enough is enough. The Bow and Arrow Lodge on Central has been an eyesore and a crime magnet for years, but it will look a lot different soon.
The city is asking the owners to make some big changes to the property, and it has to be done in 120 days.
“It’s a major source for drug activity and prostitution,” said Barry Lane, owner of Taylor Restaurant Equipment.
“It is a big nuisance. I mean, it’s a magnet for crime,” said Joseph Estrada, owner of Federated Fleet and Automotive. “Because when you get these guys looking for drugs and they don’t have the money for pay for it, they come over here and steal from us.”
It’s no secret that the Bow and Arrow lodge near Central and Wyoming is a crime magnet.
“Unfortunately, everybody in the southeast area command knows where the Bow and Arrow is,” said Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik. “We’ve had incidents over there over the years, but we want that place to get cleaned up.”
Now, the motel may be getting its last chance. The city has cracked down on the place, asking the owners to fix an abundance of problems that came to light upon inspection.
“Some of the units we saw did have some code violations,” said Carmelina Hart with the city’s Planning Department. “Which included faulty wiring…holes in the walls, and those were all things that need to be fixed before you have occupants in the building.”
On Feb. 8, the property owners were taken to court, which is when the city gave them a 120-day deadline to bring the property into compliance.
“The goal with code enforcement is to get property owners to take responsibility for their property,” Hart said. “And that’s exactly what’s happening right now.”
However, neighboring businesses aren’t optimistic the renovations will make a big difference.
“No, it’s not going to help,” said Estrada. “You can put a band-aid on a gunshot wound but it isn’t going to help.”
“It should help,” Lane said. “It would be nice like I said if they could fence it off.”
KRQE News 13 reached out to the owners, but they did not want to go on camera. However, they said they do plan to fix the place up and add a fence around the entire property.
If the place is not brought up to code, the city could shut it down.