Neighbors fear passing inspection means business as usual

Neighbors fear passing inspection means business as usual
Elizabeth Adkins (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Elizabeth Adkins (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Theresa Underwood (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Theresa Underwood (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilman Steve Magre (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Councilman Steve Magre (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Will it continue to be business as usual? That's what neighbors of the Economy Inn fear after it received a passing health inspection.

For years the Economy Inn has been a haven for police calls. After failing three health inspections in a row, on Monday Metro Health inspectors gave the Economy Inn a perfect score, something neighbors and opponents say is a joke.

"I can't believe it, I can't believe they didn't shut it down, or tear it down or something," said neighbor Elizabeth Adkins.

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While many neighbors had high hopes that would happen others like Theresa Underwood, whose property backs up to the motel, say they knew it wouldn't.

"One year they failed and they never even back to re-inspect we just recently found that out it's not surprising at all," she said.

So how did the Economy Inn owners finally pass a fourth inspection Monday?

"The board of health told them which rooms were going to be inspected," said Metro Councilman Steve Magre.

When asked why the Board of Health would tell the owners, Magre said, "I don't know, that's frankly a good question that needs to be examined."

Economy Inn co-owner Tony Yaldo showed WAVE 3 News one new and improved room and promised $700,000 of improvements post inspection

Right before the inspection protestors rallied against human trafficking they say happens at the Economy Inn.

Neighbors say they do not understand why the city is working so hard for the motel and against them, saying their children have been offered drugs there and prostitution is a common theme.

Magre said he got a call from a cab driver who told him he takes prostitutes there at midnight and employees check them in.

"The board of health has never closed a hotel establishment in the city of Louisville," said Magre, "so frankly, I think it might be time to look at are their standards just too low?"

"It's insane that they didn't do something with it," said Adkins.

Magre believes this is really the first time the process has been called to task. He says now is the time for the monitoring committee, made up of concerned citizens and city leaders, to look at city ordinances and state laws to try and see if some changes can be made.

Some state representatives say they are on board to help look at state law.

Magre says he also hopes the Mayor's office will step forward to work on this.

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