LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A year after the Villa Town Motel at 5401 Avenue Q was shut down and residents were evacuated after an order from a Lubbock County Court, developers have purchased the building and are beginning the $1.5 million renovations.
The motel was shut down on April 10, 2017 due to a long list of allegations of illegal activities on the premises which include harboring habitual criminal activity, including prostitution, aggravated assault, robberies, human trafficking and illegal drug offenses.
The motel was purchased six weeks ago for $540,000 by Banyon Strategies LLC. They tell KCBD they're hoping to convert the Villa Town Motel into a more upscale place to stay.
The $1.5 million complete overhaul will include new furniture, electronics and a new full-scale restaurant. There are also plans to renovate the music venue upstairs for Texas Swing music events a few nights a week.
Since the renovations began, developers say they have had problems with people who used to reside at the motel, breaking in and on the property after hours. They also say they have found people on the roof. They have asked the Lubbock Police Department to patrol the area and arrest any trespassers.
They believe they will be done with the renovations in six months. They will offer rooms starting at $75 per night.