Hotel shut down after health department finds bugs, rodents - KCTV5

KC motel residents forced out over health concerns

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Bed bugs, rodent droppings and cockroaches - the health department tells a seedy story about an east side motel, and the residents have to find a new place to live.

KC Travel Inn's management put a note under guest's doors apologizing for the inconvenience, saying they have to be out by 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The health department spelled out the reasons for the mandatory departures from the motel near East 31st and White Avenue.  

The KC Travel Inn was shut down due to extensive roach infestation and bed bug infestation, extensive rodent droppings, soiled mattresses, exposed electrical wiring, extensive clutter and mold, as well as several rooms that did not have working smoke detectors.

Burt Malone with the Kansas City Health Department said all the issues went ignored, despite repeated violations over 18 months.

"We have tried to work with management to fix those violations that are present and in our determination were unsuccessful," Malone said.

But the manager of the motel said the facility passed previous inspections, and the health department didn't give them enough time to fix the violations inspectors did find.

Motel guests familiar with the conditions, like Torrence Austell, feel the health department was right to step in and take action.

"They don't clean up nothing. They don't take nothing serious. I paid them $750 to stay here for a whole month," said Austell, who moved into the motel while he looked for a permanent place to live. "This is the filthiest one I've stayed [at] in Kansas City. In my opinion, they should've shut this down a long time ago."

Austell is now trying to get his money back since he paid in advance.

Click here to read the full report by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

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