The City of Tukwila is now the owner of two of the three motels seized in August 2013 by federal officials on Tukwila International Boulevard.
The city announced at the groundbreaking for Tukwila Village on Aug. 1 that that day it had purchased the Great Bear Motor Inn for $1.58 million.
A week later, on Aug. 8, the city purchased the Travelers Choice Motel just off the Boulevard for $900,000.
It’s also expected that the city will buy the Boulevard Motel, next to the Great Bear. In March the City Council authorized the city to spend about $1.1 million for the Boulevard.
To purchase the motels, the city is using money it already has in its budget but will repay itself with the proceeds from bonds it plans to sell.
The three motels were seized after a year-long investigation by about 400 law-enforcement personnel into criminal activity occurring at the motels, including violent crimes, drug dealing and prostitution.