ROYAL OAK TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Inspectors have condemned a Michigan motel that has been featured in a YouTube special about America’s dirtiest motels.
The condemnation notice was posted Thursday after Royal Inn Motel operators failed to fix numerous code violations, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Inspectors said they found animal waste, human waste, trash and other debris in hallways. They also found many of the rooms had mattresses on the floors as well as unusable tubs and toilets.
“The Royal Inn has not maintained the premises to minimum code, has 17 fire code violations and 33 building code violations,” said Donna Squalls, a Royal Oak Township supervisor. “There are life-safety issues that the owner has not addressed in a timely manner and cannot be further postponed without endangering the lives of residents.”
The 200-room motel on 8 Mile Road has several hundred residents. The notice gives residents until Sept. 5 to vacate.
“We’re going to be on site (Friday) to offer what assistance we can to help these people transition from the Royal Inn,” said Shane Bies of the Oakland County Health Division. “We realize that some of these people will have a place to go, and some might not.”
Squalls said residents can also receive assistance from the United Way, the Salvation Army, the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities and others.
“The township board of trustees and leadership are most concerned with the welfare of the people staying and working at the Royal Inn,” Squalls said. “These are some of our most needy and impoverished citizens.”
Township officials said the building will be demolished if the violations aren’t completed within a week of closing.
Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com