The Agawam Motel is still operating, despite the many safety issues the city found during their inspection of the property last month.
At least 12 smoke detectors were not working properly, cockroaches were found in one of the rooms, and the soiled carpets all needed replacing.
The city told the owners through a correction order that they had until Monday, July 6, to bring the motel up to code.
Associate solicitor Patrick Toney for the Agawam law department sent Western Mass News a list of what Health Department Director Randall White found to have been corrected during his inspection on Tuesday. All damaged and soiled furniture has been removed, and all the painting and repairs to doors has been completed, according to the city.
Electrical issues, worn kitchen and bathroom floors, debris, cockroaches and the smoke detectors were listed as issues in the previous inspection. However, they were not listed as items that had been fixed. Toney had no comment, and told Western Mass News the process is ongoing.
Agawam will not comment on why the business is still open or what they plan to do now that the motel did not bring the building back to code by the date they had ordered.
We reached out to the owner of the Agawam Motel, Chulho Yoo, who continues to not comment.
Last month’s inspection, on June 10, was prompted by what a family found while staying at the motel.
Jean Vasquez and his family say they were bitten by bed bugs and found a heroin needle under their mattress. They say they are now suing the motel.
Police have responded to the motel more than 200 times this year.
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