Seaway hotel: crime hot spot in Lincoln Park neighborhood

By KBJR News 1

Seaway hotel: crime hot spot in Lincoln Park neighborhood

February 19, 2014 Updated Feb 21, 2014 at 10:07 PM CDT

Duluth, Minn (NNCNOW.com) -- Crime surrounding the Seaway Hotel in the Lincoln Park neighborhood is eating up the Duluth Police Department's time and resources.

It was one of several issues the police department brought up during Wednesday's fifth Community Compstat meeting.

Compstat is short for computer statistics, a program which helps police identify crime trends in areas of a city.

Officers say $25,000 worth of resources has been spent over the last year responding to calls at the Seaway.

Officials say they hope once the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) takes ownership of the building, crime rates in that area will go down.

"We are trying to do everything we can to help them and vice versa to reduce the call of service there and improve the quality of life for the people who live there," said Sgt. Chad Nagorski with the Duluth Police Department.

Rick Ball, executive director of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority, was at the meeting and gave an update on the progress of purchasing the hotel.

On Wednesday, February 25, the Duluth Economic Development Authority (DEDA) will discuss the purchase agreement between the city and HRA.

A few improvements HRA would like to make include installing key fobs and security cameras to make the building safer.

Ball says they hope to acquire the building by mid-April.

Another issue that has neighbors in Lincoln Park concerned, is the number of registered sex offenders who live in their community.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.