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Aldermen Want Health Inspections At Bel-Aire Motel

Updated: Wednesday, July 30 2014, 09:33 PM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- While a chronic nuisance ordinance against the Bel-Aire is on-going, city inspectors say the motel has typical housing violations but the building is structurally sound. The focus of some city aldermen now, is the health of residents inside.

What's really happening inside the Bel-Aire Motel?

"Its been really quiet, no one really bothers us, they have been nice enough to give my fiance a job. The rooms are clean the people check on your daily to make sure you are ok," said resident Candida Noe.

Residents who stay at the motel can stay for a day or  as long as years so every experience is different

But that's not the story Alderman Cory Jobe has been hearing. According to the city, the motel has racked up more than 700 code violations. Springfield Police have made 14 arrests at the location in the last 6 months ranging from battery charges to drug charges.

"As a alderman who represents, business owners, and tenants who call that place home. We are all frustrated," said Alderman Cory Jobe.

Jobe says nothing has changed. While he fights for a chronic nuisance ordinance against the motel, he also plans to call inspectors from the Sangamon County Health Department.

"I have talked to other social service agencies that have clients staying at the motel on a limited period of time and they claim those clients come back with bed begs, there is black mold on the walls," said Jobe.

Candida noe has been a resident at the Bel-Aire for a year and half. While she agrees there was mold problems, she says things have changed.

"The owner is doing what he is supposed to be doing. He is cleaning up the mess. He's making the rooms better so there is no mold like he says there was," said Noe.

Jim Crum subcontracts for the Bel-Air Motel. He says over the last month there has been $20,000 to $30,000 put into renovating the property,

"I don't understand why the city is trying to shutdown this motel. I have been to each and everyone of these rooms at the motel and everything is up to standard," said Crum.

Some say the Bel-Aire has been a problem property for more than a decade. Residents say the owner has heart problems and recently suffered a heart attack which is why many of the improvements weren't completed until now.

The City of Springfield will be holding a two day administrative hearing about the housing violations at the Bel-Aire on August 21st and 22nd.

Alderman Cory Jobe says the fact that one property needs a two day hearing is an example of why it needs to be shutdown.Aldermen Want Health Inspections At Bel-Aire Motel


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