Hooksett looking to take legal action against Firebird Motel
HOOKSETT — Officials are expected to take legal action against the Firebird Motel, a business residents have described as the most dangerous place in town.
Police Chief Janet Bouchard said she has been working with the town’s attorney to bring suit against the owners of the Firebird at 10 Bell Ave.
“It’s not being ignored,” Bouchard said. “We are dealing with it, the town’s dealing with it.”
Bouchard told the Town Council officials are being “pretty aggressive” against the Firebird, but warned councilors not “to go overboard with expectation.”
Bouchard said she didn’t want to get into the specifics of the town’s legal strategy, since nothing has been filed with the court.
“Under (attorney’s) advice, I won’t release too much of that information yet,” she told the council.
Councilors said they were pleased with the update.
“I’m glad something is moving forward,” said Councilor Robert Duhaime.
Bouchard said over the last year, police have gone to the Firebird for 162 calls. While the majority of these are proactive measures — officers tend to check the motel property regularly — Bouchard said police typically get called in for drug-related crimes, domestic situations or suspicious people.
Residents have been vocal with their concerns about the Firebird over the last few years, primarily about safety for those living nearby. In April 2016, a petition letter was sent to the Town Council calling for action.
“While the Police Department should be commended for its vigilance in attempting to keep some measure of safety in and around our neighborhood,” the neighbors wrote, “... we remain reactive to what is transpiring at that address, rather than being proactive in deterring malicious behavior.”
The motel is owned by RAVI, LLC, according to the town’s online assessor database. The owner is Bipin Patel, according to Manta.com.
A man who answered the phone at the motel, but did not identify himself, declined to speak with the Union Leader when a reporter asked to speak with the owner.