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Officials call for troubled Louisville hotel to clean up or be shut down

Man shot at Economy Inn on Saturday

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (June 29, 2015) — The shooting Saturday night of a man at the Economy Inn on Bardstown Road is the latest in a string of incidents that has led officials to ask Mayor Greg Fischer to force the business to clean up or be shut down.

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“Frankly the legislative tools are there to force the dramatic changes needed at this place even to the point of government being able to shut the business down,” said Councilman Steve Magre (D-10). “What is lacking is the administration taking its time to develop a full blown strategy. If this is developed and implemented then the owners will have no choice but to clean up their act for real.”

Louisville Metro Police were called to the Economy Inn after 8 p.m. on Saturday after a report of a shooting. When officers arrived they found a man had been shot multiple times in a room at the facility and a suspect was taken into custody.

Magre and neighborhood groups have voiced concerns about the conditions surrounding the Economy Inn and its impact on residents and businesses in the area.

Magre is currently working on revisions to the city’s public nuisance ordinance with the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office as a way to continue strict oversight of the problems at the facility.

In April, the owners of the Economy Inn were given the go ahead to continue operation after passing a Health Department inspection on the promise of continued improvements.

A recent investigative report by Insider Louisville highlighted a former employee coming forth with documents to show evidence of human trafficking and underage prostitution at the Economy Inn. She also claimed many of the promises made that lead to passing inspection have not been made.