Multiple tenants in a number of Springfield apartments were forced to move out due to emergency code violations found inside.
Some of those residents say the condition of the temporary housing at a local motel is even worse.
The motel's management refuses to comment, but residents nearby and those tenants who have been staying at the Agawam Motor Lodge tell Western Mass News they've found heroin needles and bedbugs inside.
"You see a lot of riff raff over there. All hours of the night. All hours of the day," said Anthony Boido, a neighbor of the Agawam Motor Lodge.
Nearby neighbors of the Agawam motor lodge say it's a nightmare having them so close by.
"A lot of yelling going on in the middle of the night. I have had to go out multiple times and tell them to quiet down, at 2, 3, 4 in the morning,” Boido said. “Get off my property. They are up on the property."
Police telling us they've responded to the motel close to 40 times just in the past month for anything from threats and disturbances to larceny and even an unattended death just this past weekend.
"The police are there constantly. I see them daily," Boido said.
A number of Springfield residents have been moved to this motel after their apartments were condemned.
Police found faulty wiring and no smoke detectors inside this building on Main Street.
The landlord put his tenants up at the motel while he brings his property up to code.
One of those tenants allegedly found a heroin needle under his mattress at the motor lodge and bed bugs in his room that caused bites now all over his body.
"We deserve to be placed somewhere that is livable." Jean Vazquez, a tenant who has been relocated to the Motor Lodge.
Friday in court, a judge ordered the landlord to remove his tenants from Agawam due to the conditions.
The owner, Mr. Sam Castellano, was ordered to place each of these families in more appropriate housing, the judge said, at a Springfield hotel Friday night.
“I think it's good for now. It's starting to get better. I think it's going to get better for us," Maria Dejesus said.
The neighbors of the motel, however, are still looking for the area to quiet down..
"I'd like them to bulldoze the place right down. Get rid of it. It's a hazard to everybody around here," Boido said.
Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen will be meeting with his team on Monday to discuss a bed bug complaint they received from someone staying at this motel. They will decide then whether to investigate.
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