Violations could close a second Holland motel

8:10 PM, Feb 14, 2013   |    comments
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  • Economy Inn, Holland.
  • Economy Inn, Holland.
  • Economy Inn, Holland.
  • Economy Inn, Holland.
  • Economy Inn, Holland.
  • Economy Inn, Holland.

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - The second Holland motel within a year is on the verge of being shut down because of a long list of health and safety issues, as well as dozens of police calls every year.

13 On Your Side has learned that city leaders plan to close the Economy Inn on U.S. 31 Monday unless there are major improvements made over the weekend.

A February 18 deadline is looming to fix 22 pages of violations at the Economy Inn. WZZM 13 asked the owner how they plan to make the needed improvements.

"We got a plumber, we hired a contractor, keep doing what we can," says Jaimin Patel, co-owner of the Economy Inn.

Patel wouldn't show WZZM 13 inside a room, but photos from a city inspection show a sink without a faucet, a hole in the wall, a dead cockroach, and plumbing issues.

"The toilets don't even flush, so you have to plunge them, so you're sitting there with feces in your toilet," says Shawn Elgersma, a motel guest.

"Once you pick up the TV, there's a stack of bugs underneath," says Dean Gordon, another motel guest.

"They had two kids in there with red specks on their legs from bed bug bites," says Elgersma.

According to city documents, the motel is also required to come up with a plan to reduce police calls. In 2010, officers responded 95 times, 155 in 2011, and 98 times in 2012.

"Police complaints we never get here in the office," says Patel. "Some people dispute in their room, but I'm not allowed to say more-- that's all, thank you."

Last year, the motel next door, the Wooden Shoe, also shut down for similar violations.

"My policy is that we should have zero tolerance for these places that serve the public," says Ryan Cotton, Holland City Manager.

If the motel closes, guests have 30 days to move out, but some have made that choice on their own.

"I stayed a week and said I'm not going back there," says Elgersma.

If there aren't improvements by Monday, city leaders say the motel must immediately place a closed sign at the entrance. Motel guests would have until March 14 to move out.

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