The City of Tukwila and the U.S. Attorney’s Office is sending the right message that we won’t tolerate illegal activity in motels where the owners profit handsomely from it.
A SeaTac man was sentenced March 11 to a year in a federal prison for his role in turning the Travelers Choice, which he owned, into a “crime-infested motel,” as prosecutors described it.
He’s one of four owners or managers who are facing time in prison. They’ve also had to forfeit their stake in the motels as well as much of their personal wealth.
That’s a message other motel owners shouldn’t ignore.
This truly is a new day for Tukwila International Boulevard, arguably the city’s Main Street. It’s been decades in coming. Most everyone knows the boulevard’s checkered past.
But Tukwila and the City of SeaTac, which shares the boulevard to the south, have taken steps to send the prostitutes and the drug dealers to jail or at least scurrying elsewhere.
The battle still isn’t over and probably never will end.
But what will bring that day closer is the City of Tukwila’s plans to work with a developer to renew those three boarded-up motels into a place where shops flourish and people live in peace.
And envision how those efforts will complement the Tukwila Village and the new Foster Library. The city will break ground on that landmark project soon.
And that should be another stake in the heart of crime.
The efforts on TIB are just another sign of the good things that are happening in Tukwila. New hotels are rising in Southcenter and work has started on a new transit center there. The Segale family is creating thousands of jobs in south Tukwila.
And our schools are mapping ways to empower our human resources to power the city forward.