Mayor: Travel Lodge Motel in Metropolis shut down for safety reasons

Metropolis hotel closing after failing inspection
Published: Jun. 27, 2018 at 4:58 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 28, 2018 at 9:50 PM CDT
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METROPOLIS, IL (KFVS) - According to the Metropolis, Illinois mayor's office, the Travel Lodge Motel has been ordered to close due to several code violations.

After an inspection by the fire department on Tuesday, June 19, safety, plumbing, property maintenance and nuisance ordinance violations were found.

He says, on Monday, June 25, the Health Department, state electric inspectors, and state plumbing inspectors were on site. He has not see the full report at this time.

The City determined to remain open, the motel would be a harm to the public.

The mayor determined the building "unfit, unsafe and a dangerous structure and that continued occupancy posed a serious threat to public safety."

Metropolis is known for tourists coming to visit the hometown of 'Superman,' so with one less hotel, one might think it's cause for concern. Director of the Metropolis Conventions and Visitors Bureau doesn't think this closure will affect tourism dollars coming into the city.

"It's not gonna impact what we do at all," she said,  "We have not been promoting that [hotel] and actually when people called and inquired about it, we would just simply say, 'you know that's not one of our properties that we endorse or recommend you staying at.'"

The City Attorney called the owner and gave the reasons for the closure.

The hotel will not be able to rent rooms until all issues have been resolved.

It's not known when the motel will reopen.

KFVS reporters reached out to the owner of the Travelodge but have not heard back at this time.

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