Back in April, after Bardstown Road’s notorious Economy Inn had won a reprieve from being shut down for health violations by passing a follow-up inspection, I said its owners should expect zero tolerance of any future health and safety violations. And now that the business has once again shown its true colors by dismally failing its most recent inspection, I hope that’s exactly what they do get.
This is important, because aside from its usual problems with bugs and dirty linens, the Economy Inn’s real trouble all along has been its “look the other way” tolerance of prostitution and drug dealing and use on its premises – problems that have been so routine that the Police Department made nearly 1,400 runs to the property last year alone.
Unless the owners can somehow fix this mess quickly - and there’s no reason to expect they can - the Department of Public Health and Wellness can shut them down for good, and that’s exactly what should happen.
With the coming of Costco to the area, that stretch of Bardstown Road is on the cusp of some serious economic development, and the last thing it needs is a nuisance like this impeding its progress. The Economy Inn has sealed its own fate with its long-standing indifference to the law, and it’s time for it to go.
I’m Bill Lamb and that’s my Point of View.