Economy Inn running out of time to clean up its act
LOUISVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- The troubled Economy Inn on Bardstown Road is one week from an inspection that will determine whether it stays open or closes.
Managers of the hotel told WDRB they've been working to make sure they pass inspection but a former employee calls the hotel a public safety risk and says it should be shut down.
Last month, the Louisville Metro Department of Health gave the hotel a 30-day notice. If the hotel fails inspection next Monday, its permit will be suspended.
The hotel has failed health inspections in the past and it's known to be a hub for criminal activity. In a recent interview with WDRB, general manager of the hotel Kelly Kado says those days are over.
"We don't have no more drug dealers here, we don't have prostitution here. We don't have these activities anymore,” Kado told WDRB in March.
But Jonathan Funk -- who worked at the Economy Inn for seven months in 2013 -- says he believes the problems have not gone away.
"I worked front desk and I worked third shift so I got to see everything, all the bad stuff that went on. Under no circumstances were we allowed to call police with exception of one and that's if we ourselves were robbed,” Funk told WDRB.
We tried to take Funk's serious claims to Kado, but a receptionist at the hotel told us he's not doing any more interviews.
In our interview with him last month, he said the hotel is already undergoing improvements.
"We're gonna repair everything possible, everything possible from A to Z, renovate 100 percent,” said Kado.
Councilman Steve Magre says he's disappointed the hotel got a 30-day extension.
He's calling on residents to come together to share their opinions on the hotel.
A community meeting is scheduled for Monday night to discuss Magre's concerns about the hotel. The meeting will be at the Buechel Metropolitan High School on Bashford Manor Lane.
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