LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Organized by Louisville Metro District 10 councilman Steve Magre, a group has been formed to monitor the conditions of the much maligned Economy Inn on Bardstown Road.

After failing an inspection in March, owners of the Economy Inn vowed to make improvements that would allow them to pass a follow up inspection thirty days later. Owners made good on that promise and the Health Department awarded the motel a 100 percent. But neighbors and city leaders say the Economy Inn is still a hot spot for crime.

“The real issue is where they are going to be in grading in the next several months,” said Magre prior to the first meeting of the committee consisting of representatives from Louisville Metro code enforcement, LMPD and neighborhood partners.

Earlier this month, the owners pledged to spend further money improving the motel.

“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 Economy Inn owner Tony Yaldo on April 20.

Magre hopes those promises can be kept.

“I'm really hoping that I can create a dialogue between myself and those owners so they can prove to me that they are spending the money to fix the place up,” Magre said.

Magre says the health department will be back in six months to once again inspect the motel as opposed to the normal time of 12 months. Meanwhile, Magre says the formed monitoring committee will exhaust all options to try and improve the Economy Inn and the area.

“Could either be enforce better,” Magre said “Could be modifying so you have better enforcement and change to be made stronger and then frankly some of these could be sent to the General Assembly."


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