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Troubled Economy Inn faces inspection today

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The troubled Economy Inn on Bardstown Road is one week from an inspection that will determine whether it stays open or closes. The troubled Economy Inn on Bardstown Road is one week from an inspection that will determine whether it stays open or closes.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A failed inspection today could mean trouble for the future of the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road. Health officials say if the motel doesn't pass, its permit will be suspended. The owners say they've been working hard to make changes at the motel, but those who want the place shut down say even if it does pass inspection, the fight isn't over. 

Theresa Underwood said the illegal activity in her neighborhood comes from the Economy Inn. 

"Mainly just hookers constantly up and down my street," Underwood said. 

The motel is just off the Watterson Expressway on Bardstown Road. If it doesn't pass a health inspection Monday, its permit to operate will be suspended. 

"It's just - the health department gives them so many chances," Underwood said. 

According to city officials, the Economy Inn scored a 46 on its inspection in November of last year.  This March, it got a 76. The motel still must get 10 points higher to pass. 

At a community forum last week, the owners said they've been making changes. 

"They approved me to put up $700,000 of their money to take care of a lot of the rooms, a lot of the issues we have over there," said Tony Yaldo, whose family owns the motel. 

Yaldo and his brothers didn't want to go on camera Sunday, but did invite us to see one of their rooms ahead of the inspection, pointing out new smoke detectors and air conditioners. 

We're told major renovations will begin after the inspection. One of the contractors also spoke at the community forum. 

"We're tearing out all of the floors, the bathrooms, the toilets, the showers, the tubs - everything is going back completely new," he said. 

"Just because they're throwing money at this doesn't mean that it's gonna go away," Councilman Steve Magre said. 

He does expect the motel to pass inspection Monday, but says the battle still won't be over. 

He's just started a group to monitor the motel and he says about 30 people have already signed up. 

"We're going to be looking at the public nuisance laws, how we could maybe modify them or get the police and inspection permits and license to be stronger partners with us and really talk to the Board of Health and how they can play a more important role to get this cleaned up," Magre said. 

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