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UPDATE: Bardstown Road Economy Inn receives perfect score of 100 percent on health inspection

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local motel that has been the center of controversy after failing recent health inspections received a perfect score of 100 percent for its latest inspection that took place Monday afternoon.

But protesters had already said that, even if it passed the health inspection, they were still going to oppose The Economy Inn near the interchange between Bardstown Road and the Watterson Expressway.

Protesters were near the site on Monday.

According to a Facebook post from one of those groups -- Mighty Kindness -- the protest was to include social workers and Catholic Charities staff. The post says a recent study from the University of Louisville found that the Economy Inn is involved in human trafficking. 

The first protesters began showing up at 9 a.m. Some chanted "Shut it down!" and carried signs with messages like: "This is our community" and "Sex offenders register here."

Crystal Bradley was among the dozens of protesters who showed up on Monday.

"It's disgusting," Bradley said. "there are several places in Louisville that are known for human trafficking, but this is by far the worst. And I'm glad the health department issues have finally given us a window to bring these illegal activities out."

Some people say the Economy Inn has a place in the community and has helped keep struggling families from becoming homeless. Craig Maya is the groundskeeper for the Economy Inn.

"This place has been nothing but a blessing to me and my wife," Maya said. "These people have been good, they gave me a job. I work here, I love it.... These people are always complaining that there's drug activity in their neighborhood -- and that's not true."

The motel's owners say they are investing $700,000 to bring it up to code and make other improvements.

"We did about 40 rooms right now to put them up to code and right now were going to go ahead and get started with our renovation of all the rooms," said Tony Yaldo, whose family owns the Economy Inn. 

On Monday afternoon, the Louisville Department of Public Health and Wellness issued a written statement announcing the perfect score.

"The Economy Inn at 3404 Bardstown Rd. passed its public health inspection today with a score of 100%," the statement read. "The facility had corrected all violations previously cited by inspectors. Inspectors from the Department of Public Health and Wellness were accompanied by inspectors from the Metro Department of Codes and Regulations."

"We will continue to monitor the facility to ensure that it continues to meet health and safety regulations," said Matt Rhodes, deputy director of Public Health and Wellness, according to the written statement.

Metro Louisville Councilman Steve Magre said he expected the motel to pass its inspection.

"The Board of Health told them which rooms were going to be inspected," Magre said. "They made the improvements over the course of the last several weeks."  

Health officials say they looked at rooms where there were problems in the last inspection, which is standard operating procedure for a follow up. Magre says he's set up a group to monitor the motel post-inspection and come up with other options. 

"There's several things we're looking at," Magre said. "The public nuisance laws as it relates to the police. Also, public nuisance laws as it relates to inspections, permits and licensing. Those could really be looked at, see if they're really being administered as fully as they could be, and, frankly, could they be changed?" 

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