Residents wonder what's next for troubled motel

Posted at 11:33 PM, Sep 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-11 23:33:23-04

FLORENCE, Ky. -- After getting word that their home may be shuttered for a laundry list of health and code violations, some people living at the Florence Inn motel pitched in and helped owner Sridhar Kadaba with repairs.

Still, they'll likely have to move out as planned.

Broken windows, bad wiring, bed bugs and leaks were among the issues Northern Kentucky Health Department inspectors found when they visited the 101-room motel in April. Most dangerous, though, was a tipping water heater spewing carbon monoxide.

BACKGROUND: Florence Inn shut down over health violations

When those problems weren't fixed by this week's deadline, inspectors yanked the motel's permit and ordered Kadaba to not accept any new guests. The 92 residents are supposed to move out by Monday.

"I'm six months pregnant and do not know where I'm going," Christina Roberts said.

Kadaba said Friday he hopes to have repairs completed quickly, but he's missed two previous deadlines.

"He's trying, I mean I know he's trying -- I've seen it, I've seen the guys working," resident Joe Von Bokern said.

Nicole Morgan is helping Kadaba fix the most critical problems before the weekend is over.

"I'm pulling the floor, I'm doing drywall, I'm fixing AC units," she said. "You know, whatever I can do, I'm willing to do."

Because it's likely residents will still need to leave, Kadaba said he's going to try to get refunds for everyone who's paid past Monday.

"I'm not going to reapply for the permit in a hurry," he said. "I want to go beyond their expectations."

Kadaba plans to hire security to patrol the property while it's vacant.